Maine continues to move toward a new science alternate assessment which aligns to the Next Generation Standards. Maine will implement the Science Alternate Assessment through the MSAA system during the spring 2021 administration. This assessment will be an on-line Operational Field Test. A paper-based test is available to print with an IEP approved accomodation.
The SAA measures individual student progress for those students which meet the criteria to participate in alternate assessments. The SAA utilizes Extended Science Expectations have been developed to enable our students with the most significant cognitive disabilities an opportunity to show what they are expected to know and can do in relation to the Maine Learning Results. EPEs are alternate standards aligned to the Maine Learning Results on which their grade-level peers are measured.
A training workshop for this assessment will occur in late February or early March. Science is assessed in grades 5, 8, third year of high school.
SAA Administration Tools
Training Workshop will be held in the spring – Date to be determined.
2019-20 TA Test Security Agreement (DOC) This agreement is required for all Test Administrators who administer the Science Alternate Assessment. Signed agreements must be sent to District Assessment Coordinators and kept at a mutual site.
2019-20 TC Test Security Agreement (DOC) This agreement is required for all Test Coordinators who monitor administration of the Science Alternate Assessment. Signed agreements must be sent to District Assessment Coordinators and kept at a mutual site.
Maine Participation Guidelines (DOC) Assists in guiding you through determination of eligibility for each student considered for participating in the alternate assessment.
Maine Participation Guidance (DOC) Specifies the criteria used to determine a student's eligibility to participate in the alternate assessment.