Alternative Maryland School Assessment (Alt-MSA). Maryland State Board of Education August 26, 2008. Relationship between the General Curriculum and the MSA Program. Alternate Assessments based on Alternate Standards.
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Maryland State Board
August 26, 2008
NCLB 2001 allows states to define alternate academic achievement standards—
National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
Reports student mastery of individually selected indicators and objectives from the reading, mathematics and science content standards.
It is a portfolio assessment constructed of evidence that documents individual student mastery of the reading, mathematics and science objectives.
Maryland’s Alternate Assessment
Mastery Objectives selected by the IEP team based on student’s instructional level
Communication Book using Picture Communication Symbols (PCS)
Master Objective (Math 9) – Given objects/pictures of objects in a patterned set. [STUDENT] will identify the number of items with 2 partial physical prompts. 1 time with 100% accuracy.
Student direction: [STUDENT] will dot the correct number using a bingo dabber.
How many sea animals are in each set?
Master Objective (Reading #4) – Given vocabulary words from a grade-level content unit, [STUDENT] will identify the correct word to use in a sentence/phrase with 2 model prompts. 1 time with 100% accuracy.
Observable and Measurable Student Response: Select the appropriate pre-glued symbol and place it in the space provided.
Alignment to Grade-Level Curriculum: Grade 3 Chemistry – A. Structure of Matter
1. Identify ways to classify objects using supportive evidence from investigations of observable properties.
a. Classify objects based on their observable properties.
Prompts: ___ Independence: _2_ Gesture: _1_ Verbal: ___ Model: ___ Partial Physical: ___ Full Physical: ___
Water is a
Ice is a
Alternative assessment for students with severe cognitive disabilities
Reading and Mathematics
8 content groups
Review & Articulation Committee
Week of August 18th
State Board of Education
Set Alt-MSA Standards
Teachers who work with the student population
To make their judgments participants consider:
Portfolio Score of 1
Portfolio Score of 10
Participants are asked:
Note: Assessment is not content based- it is individualized to IEP objectives
Week of August 18, 2008
Percent of Maryland Students Scoring Proficient and Advanced on 2008 Alt-MSA Science Portfolio
Percent of Maryland Students Scoring Proficient and Advanced on 2008 Alt-MSA Reading Portfolio
Percent of Maryland Students Scoring Proficient and Advanced on 2008 Alt-MSA Math Portfolio