MSAA

The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) is Maine’s alternate assessment of alternate academic achievement standards (AA-AAAS) in the content areas of mathematics and English language arts/literacy. This assessment is administered in grades 3-8 and 3rd year of high school and is designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The assessment is computer-based.  Paper-based tests are available to print only with an IEP approved accommodation.  As a partner state of the MSAA Consortium, Maine continues to participate in the ongoing development cycle of this assessment. 

Preparing for Assessment

2021-2022 Alternate Assessment Timeline

Core Content Connectors  The CCCs are derived from the Common Core State Standards and aligned to the Maine Learning Results and are Maine's alternate academic achievement standards (AAAS) in ELA/literacy and mathematics. These AAAS are more accessible steps, reduced in breadth and complexity, for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Maine's alternate assessments, the MSAA, are designed based on these standards.

Core Content Connectors in ELA/Literacy

Core Content Connectors in Math

Extended Performance Expectations

The EPEs are derived from the Performance Expectations contained in the Next Generation Science Standards, and are Maine's alternate academic achievement standards (AAAS) in science. These AAAS are more accessible steps, reduced in breadth and complexity, for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Maine's alternate assessment, the MSAA Science, is designed based on these standards.

Extended Performance Expectations in the Elementary Grades

Extended Performance Expectations in the Middle School

Extended Performance Expectations in the High School

Resources for Determining Eligibility

These resources are designed to support IEP teams in making data-driven decisions about eligibility and participation in the alternate assessments.

Participation Decision Flowchart

Alternate Assessment Participation Checklist

 

 

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Assessment Training

2022 Test Administration Manual [TAM] – This manual outlines the process for administration of the MSAA and MSAA Science, including checklists for test administrators and test coordinators before, during and after assessment. 

2022 Test Assessment Administrator User Guide – This guide contains practical information and visual supports to help test administrators navigate the MSAA and MSAA System.

2022 Assessment Test Coordinator User Guide – This guide contains practical information and visual supports to help test coordinators navigate the MSAA and MSAA System.

Maine MSAA Training Presentation Slides -This resource includes the slide deck from the MSAA / MSAA Science test administrator training.

Maine MSAA Training Video -This recorded webinar includes test administrator training support for Maine's alternate assessments, the MSAA and the MSAA Science.

MSAA January 31 Multi-State Alternative Assessment Test Coordinators Training - District test coordinator's role.

 

Assessment Security

Maine Assessment Security Agreement - This assessment security agreement should be read and signed by each Assessment Administrator.  Assessment Coordinators should collect signed agreements and maintain on file at the district.

Technical Assistance

2021 Assessment Administration Observation Tool - This tool is completed by Assessment Coordinators and submitted via survey. The tool is designed to support Maine SAUs in administering the assessments with fidelity, as well as providing valuable data on the student assessment experience.

Assessment Reports

Report Download Instructions: Step-by-step guide for Maine SAUs and Assessment Coordinators about how to download district, school and student reports for the MSAA.

Understanding and Utilizing MSAA Score Reports (16:55) - This recorded presentation provides a short and thorough overview of the different report resources available at the district, school and student levels.

Score Report Interpretation Guide: A detailed guide to various MSAA score reports available at the district, school and student levels, including writing rubrics and performance level descriptors.

MSAA Parent Guides by Grade Level:  This overview of the MSAA System includes information about alternate assessment, the importance of academic instruction, potential instructional supports, and ways to collaborate with your child's teachers.

 

  2022 Parent Overview of the MSAA System: Grade 11
             
  2022 Parent Overview of the MSAA System: Grade 8
             
  2022 Parent Overview of the MSAA System: Grade 7
             
  2022 Parent Overview of the MSAA System: Grade 6
             
  2022 Parent Overview of the MSAA System: Grade 5
             
  2022 Parent Overview of the MSAA System: Grade 4
             
  2022 Parent Overview of the MSAA System: Grade 3

 

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