Resources & Support Materials
The Maine Department of Education is committed to providing the tools and resources that schools need as they administer the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Alternate Assessment with Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS). These resources are designed to provide support to educators and students as they prepare to participate in this alternate assessment for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
- Introduction to NCSC. (PDF, 10MB) Used at a recent workshop in Nov. 2014, this powerpoint is an introduction to NCSC and offers many available resources for teachers.
- Summary of NCSC Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Alternate Assessment Answers many questions often asked about this alternate assessment.
- NCSC Answers to Common Parent Questions about Alternate Assessments Answers to questions parents frequently ask.
- NCSC Participation Guidance (PDF, 173KB) Assists in guiding you through determination of eligibility for each student considered for participating in the alternate assessment.
- NCSC Participation Guidelines Specifies the criteria used to determine a student’s eligibility to participate in the alternate assessment.
- Technology Requirements Lists the operating systems needed for the on-line platforms for teacher training and administration of the assessment.
- National Center and State Collaborative Wiki This web site offers a set of training materials to introduce NCSC content and instructional resources. Content modules and curriculum guides useful for teaching grade level content areas being assessed are available. Resources available include:
- Learning Progressions Frameworks (LPF) provide progress indicators for content grade spans.
- Graduated Understandings promote strategies toward understanding and teaching proficiency standards.
- Instructional Families are grouped into LPF strands which reference proficiency standards.
- Element Cards assist in developing instructional lessons.
- Core Content Connectors provide grade level learning targets associated with proficiency standards.
- Mathematics Activities for Scripted Systematic Instruction (MASSIs) and Language Arts Sample Systematic Instruction Script (LASSIs) provide evidence-based systematic instruction, complete with scripted instruction, teaching materials, a list of all other materials needed, worksheets, and options to monitor progress.
- Special Considerations. (RTF, 95KB) This document is intended to be used in the rare instances when a student cannot participate in either instruction or assessment. In these cases, a request for State approval of non-participation must be made. The State-approved reasons for allowing non-participation fall within four broad areas outlined within the document.
The NCSC Instructional Resource Guide provides instructional strategies and helpful guides for prompting, finding consistent response modes and clarifying what is Constant Time Delay, as well as offers sample scripts for teaching expressive symbol and receptive word identification.
Please visit the NCSC Wiki site for more information.