ERIC Number: ED457607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities: Educator's Manual for the MCAS Alternate Assessment.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Malden.
This manual is designed to assist educators in using the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) Alternate Assessment, an assessment intended to allow students with the most significant disabilities to participate in MCAS. The manual provides guidelines, materials, and procedures necessary for the preparation of student portfolios for submission to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education in order to assess the educational progress of these students. As is true of standard MCAS tests, the purpose of the MCAS Alternate Assessment is to measure the achievement of these students on the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework learning standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Technology/Engineering, and History and Social Science. Part 1 of the manual provides an overview of MCAS and presents MCAS participation guidelines. Part 2 discusses the portfolio content requirements for students in grades 3 through 10. Parts 3 and 4 provide information on scoring MCAS Alternate Assessments and timeline and procedures for conducting the alternate assessment. Part 5 includes required forms for the MCAS Alternate Assessment. Part 6 includes technical assistance papers. Appendices include a glossary, answers to frequently asked questions about the MCAS Alternate Assessment, and sample portfolio entries. (CR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Portfolio Assessment, Program Implementation, Scoring, Severe Disabilities, Standards, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Testing
Massachusetts Dept. of Education, 350 Main St., Malden, MA 02148-5023. Tel: 781-338-3625; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Malden.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System