ERIC Number: EJ1048506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
An Analysis of the Rise and Fall of the AA-MAS Policy
Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Thurlow, Martha L.; Ysseldyke, James E.; Edwards, Lynn M.
Journal of Special Education, v48 n4 p231-242 Feb 2015
In 2005, to address concerns about students who might fall in the "gap" between the regular assessment and the alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS), the U.S. Department of Education announced that states could develop alternate assessments based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS). This article reports empirical evidence on characteristics of students participating in the AA-MAS, how students were assigned to test types, research on changes in assessment designs over a 4-year period, and changes in rates of participation and proficiency. The results suggest states and districts have struggled with how to appropriately assign students to this test option, and that there is a need to ensure this group of students has access to rigorous standards-based content. It concludes with a discussion of what can be learned from this policy attempt to resolve a very real problem as the United States moves toward the next generation of assessments.
Descriptors: Policy Analysis, Academic Standards, Academic Achievement, Achievement Rating, Alternative Assessment, Testing Accommodations, Student Characteristics, Student Participation, Test Format, Accessibility (for Disabled), Student Placement, Difficulty Level, Educational Diagnosis, Selection Criteria, Elementary Secondary Education, State Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: H326G110002|H373X070021