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ERIC Number: ED545333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Successfully Transitioning from the AA-MAS to the General Assessment. NCEO Policy Directions. Number 22
Lazarus, Sheryl; Thurlow, Martha; Christensen, Laurene; Shyyan, Vitaliy
National Center on Educational Outcomes
Federal policy initiatives such as the flexibility waivers for accountability are requiring that states transition away from the use of an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS). It is expected that those students who had participated in that assessment will instead participate in the state's general assessment (or a Race-to-the-Top consortium assessment if the state belongs to one). It is important that this transition be successful. Much has been learned through the development of the AA-MAS and its implementation. These lessons learned form the basis for ensuring the successful transition from the AA-MAS to the general assessment. Indeed, the lessons learned from the AA-MAS provide important information for all states as they strive to ensure that their general assessments are appropriate for a broad range of students. This document discusses the benefits and challenges and provides suggestions for a successful transition.
National Center on Educational Outcomes. University of Minnesota, 207 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsburg Drive Southeast, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Tel: 612-626-1530; Fax: 612-624-0879; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes
Identifiers - Location: California; Connecticut; Georgia; Indiana; Kansas; Louisiana; Maryland; Michigan; Minnesota; North Carolina; North Dakota; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia