Topical Guides


2. Changes provisions regarding assessments.
The IEP must include a statement of any individual appropriate accommodations that are necessary to measure the academic achievement and functional performance of the child on state and districtwide assessments consistent with Section 612(a)(16)(A). [614(d)(1)(A)(i)(VI)(aa)]

If the IEP team determines that the child shall take an alternate assessment on a particular state or districtwide assessment of student achievement, the IEP must include a statement of why the child cannot participate in the regular assessment and why the particular alternate assessment selected is appropriate for the child. [614(d)(1)(A)(i)(VI)(bb)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. Who might be a part of the IEP team in determining appropriate alternate assessments for a child?

  2. How might the new focus on academic and functional performance impact selection of appropriate assessments (e.g., independent assessment, commercial assessment)?

  3. How might the use of an individualized planning tool (e.g., MAPS) impact choice and measurement of alternate assessments?

Application Questions

  1. What resources and guidelines might be helpful to an IEP team in choosing appropriate alternate assessments?

  2. How might an IEP team use the instructional accommodations provided for a student at a classroom level to decide what type of accommodation(s) are needed for that student on alternate or modified state assessments?

  3. What types of policies and procedures might be helpful at the classroom, building, and state level to ensure proper reporting of alternate assessment data?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Early Childhood Professional & Advocate
    Location: Maryland
    Role: Higher Education
    Location: South Carolina
    Role: Related Services Provider
    Location: New Jersey
    Role: Parent Training & Information Professional
    Location: California
    Role: Parent
    Location: New Mexico