Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio

The Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio (PAAP) is Maine's alternate state assessment to the Maine Educational Assessment for Science that provides academic reporting for our students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. 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 theMaine 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.

Registration begins December 1, 2017 and closes March 1, 2018. 

The testing window will be open March 1, 2018 – April 30, 2018.  

Assessment reports will be released in the fall of 2018.

Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy will be assessed with the Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS). The testing window for MSAA occurs March 27, 2018- May 12, 2018. For more information regarding MSAA visit the Multi-State Alternate Assessment page.

Special Consideration Request

This process is intended to be used in the rare instances when a student cannot participate in either instruction or assessment. In these cases, a request for State approval of non-participation must be made. The State-approved reasons for allowing non-participation fall within four broad areas outlined in the portal.


Sue Nay
Alternate Assessment & WIDA ACCESS Coordinator