Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio

The Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio (PAAP) is an assessment that provides academic achievement reporting for our students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. As of the 2014-15 school year, the PAAP will only be used to assess science. It is Maine’s alternate state assessment to the Maine Educational Assessment. Tasks are available to teachers throughout a five month window to provide multiple opportunities for science instruction to be embedded into students’ daily work.

The PAAP measures individual student progress in relation to the Maine Learning Results – the standards that identify what all Maine students, including those with unique learning needs, are expected to know and be able to do.  Science is assessed in grades 5, 8, and the third year of high school.  These scores are not reported for accountability purposes.

Students taking the PAAP provide evidence of their proficiency through completion of Alternate Grade Level Expectations (AGLEs) that are aligned to the science standards on which their grade-level peers are measured.  Levels of progression are available and measured through eight Levels of Complexity (LoCs) for each AGLE.

The PAAP testing window is Dec. 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015. Assessment reports will be released in the fall of 2015.

English Language Arts and mathematics will be assessed in spring 2015 with the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS).