Multi-State GSEG Consortium Towards a Defensible Alternate Assessment Based on Modified Achievement Standards (AA-MAS)


Studied state data on students with disabilities, the consequences of assessment options, and possible instruction and assessment changes for these students. More specifically, the project explored:

  1. How student data gathered by states can be used to improve student assessment and instruction for students with disabilities,
  2. The intended and unintended consequences of various assessment options for students with disabilities, and
  3. How the instruction and assessments of students who may qualify for an AA-MAS may need to be changed to ensure that there are high expectations for learning and that the students will have the opportunity to demonstrate what they know.

This project was archived on 2014-10-02T00:00:00-05:00

Martha L Thurlow
Sheryl Lazarus
Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education
Alabama Department of Education
Hawaii Department of Education
South Dakota Department of Education
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Tennessee Department of Education


Michael L Moore :: Editor/Writer

Martha L Thurlow :: Senior Research Associate

Melissa J Critchley :: Office Manager

Sheryl Lazarus :: Senior Research Associate


Thinking About the Students Who May Qualify to Participate in An Alternate Assessment Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS): A Tool for Study Groups

A report describing an activity used by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to learn more about the characteristics of students who may qualify to participate in an alternate assessment…

Published: 2008


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