Alaska Alternate Assessment

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The purpose of the Alternate Assessment is to provide an opportunity for students with significant cognitive disabilities (SWSCD) to have access to, participate in, and make progress in the general education curriculum in compliance with state and federal law. It is expected that only a small number (less than two percent) of all students will participate in an alternate assessment in spring 2014. Alaska’s alternate assessments cover the content areas of reading, writing, and mathematics for students in grades 3 through 10, and science for students in grades 4, 8, and 10.


Alaska recently joined the Dynamic Learning Maps Consortium (DLM) whose dedication is ensuring that all students have the best possible testing experience and designing new Alternate Assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics for students with severe cognitive disabilities. Full implementation scheduled for spring 2015.

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Essential Elements are specific statements of knowledge and skills linked to the grade-level expectations identified in the Alaska Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The purpose of the Alaska – DLM Essential Elements is to build a bridge from the content in the Alaska Standards to academic expectations for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.


Effective September 2014, students eligible for the Alternate Assessment must take the Alternate in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.
NOTE: Alaska is currently revising the Accommodations Manual and Participation Guidelines; a draft for public comment will be available on September 22, 2014.



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