Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio

The Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio (PAAP) is designed specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities and is the alternate to Maine’s required State assessments (the New England Common Assessment Program [NECAP], the Maine Educational Assessment, the Maine High School Assessment [MHSA] and the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test [PSAT/NMSQT]). The PAAP is a fully implemented academic assessment that provides the basis for achievement and accountability reporting.

The PAAP measures individual student progress toward 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. Scores are reported for accountability purposes under No Child Left Behind in grade 3-7 through NECAP or PAAP, and through MHSA or PAAP during the third year of high school. PSAT/NMSQT participation is required for 10th grade students to inform teaching and learning; PAAP scores are not reported for accountability.

Students taking the PAAP provide evidence of their progress through tasks that demonstrate academic progress toward the common content standards but measure steps that are backed down developmentally from the levels at which their grade-level peers are measured.

The PAAP testing window is Dec. 1, 2013, through April 30, 2014. Assessment reports will be released in the fall of 2014.

The 2013-14 school year will be the last administration of the PAAP before moving to the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards in 2014-15.