Science Alternate Assessment (MSAA)

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The MSAA is the Science Alternate Assessment, administered in grades 5, 8, and third year of high school.  Maine will implement the Science Alternate Assessment through the MSAA system during the spring 2021 administration.  This assessment will be a computer-based field test.  A paper-based test is available to print with an IEP approved accommodation. 

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The MSAA measures individual student progress for those students which meet the criteria to participate in alternate assessments.  The MSAA utilizes Extended Performance Expectations, which are alternate achievement standards that enable those students with the most significant cognitive disabilities an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and participate in rigorous assessment in the content area of science.  EPEs are smaller, more accessible steps which are derived from the Next Generation Science Standards and aligned to the Maine Learning Results.  

Extended Performance Expectations in Science

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MSAA Administration Tools

2020 Test Administration Manual (TAM)

Sample Items:

Test Administrator Booklet Science Grade 5

Student Response Booklet Science Grade 5

Test Administrator Booklet Science Grade 11

Student Response Booklet Science Grade 11

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Additional Materials

Training Workshop will be held in the spring – Date to be determined.

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.

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.

 

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.