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Developing and Improving Modified Achievement Level Descriptors: Rationale, Procedures, and Tools
Thinking About the Students Who May Qualify to Participate in An Alternate
Assessment Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS): A Tool for
Identifying Students with Disabilities who are Eligible to Take an Alternate
Assessment Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards
A Technical Design and Documentation Workbook for Assessments Based on Modified
Reporting the Results of Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Academic
Learning Opportunities for Your Child Through Alternate Assessments: Alternate
Assessments Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards
Previous Studies that Examine Who the Students Are Who May Qualify to
Participate in an AA-MAS
State Analysis Planning Form: Investigation of the Characteristics of the Students Who May Qualify to Participate in an Alternate Assessment based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS) (Word document)
Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards
Webinar for Parent Training and Information Centers & Community Parent Resource Centers (Conducted October 9, 2007)
AERA (May, 2010):
Structured Poster Session: How Can Alternate Assessment
Based on Modified Achievement Standards Improve Student Learning
Developing Valid and Accessible Technology-Enhanced Assessments
Sue E. Bechard (Measured Progress)
Judy Snow (Montana Office of Public Instruction)
A Multistate Approach to Development of AA-MAS: Removing Disability-Imposed Barriers to Student Performance
Wendy I McLaughlin Stoica (Ohio Department of Education)
Where Are We Going and What Have We Learned? Research Related to Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Achievement Standards
Renee Cameto (SRI International)
Katherine M Nagle (SRI International)
What Have We Learned About Student Characteristics, Accommodations, and
Yi-Chen Wu, Sheryl S. Lazarus and Martha L. Thurlow (National Center on Educational Outcomes)
Linda Turner (South Dakota Department of Education)
Accessibility Reviews to Improve Test Score Validity
Peter Beddow, Stephen N. Elliott and Ryan J. Kettler (Vanderbilt University)
Using Cognitive Interviews for Item Development and Identification of Cognitive Characteristics of Students Eligible for AA-MAS
Caroline E. Parker (Education Development Center, Inc.)
Sue Bechard (Measured Progress)
Joanna Gorin (Arizona State University)
Additional 2010 Poster Sessions:
Considerations for the Alternate Assessment based on Modified Achievement
Standards (AA-MAS): Understanding the Eligible Population and Applying that
Knowledge to their Instruction and Assessment (AA-MAS White Paper)
This is an edited report with multiple authors on various aspects of the alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS) produced by the Center for Assessment under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education through the New York Comprehensive Center in collaboration with the New York State Education Department.
Executive Summary / Full Report
Regulations on Alternate Assessments based on Modified Achievement Standards
These Regulations allow states to develop modified academic achievement standards that are challenging for eligible students and measure a student's mastery of grade-level content, but are less difficult than grade-level achievement standards.
Cho, H. J., & Kingston, N. (2011). Capturing implicit policy from NCLB test type assignments of students with disabilities. Exceptional Children, 78(1), 58-72.
Elliott, S. N., Kettler, R. J., Beddow, P. A., Kurz, A., Compton, E., McGrath, D., Bruen, C., Hinton, K., Palmer, P., Rodriguez, M., Bolt, D. & Roach, A. (2010). Effects of using modified items to test students with persistent academic difficulties. Council for Exceptional Children, 76(4), 475-495.
Filbin, J. (2008). Lessons From the Initial Peer Review of Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Achievement Standards . Washington DC: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Student Achievement and School Accountability Program.
Kettler, R. J., Rodriguez, M. C., Bolt, D. M., Elliott, S. N., Beddow, P. A., & Kurz, A. (2011). Modified multiple-choice items for alternate assessments: Reliability, difficulty, and differential boost. Applied Measurement in Education, 23(3), 210-234.
Lazarus, S.S., Cormier, D.C., & Thurlow, M.L. (2011). The relationship between states’ accommodations policies and the development of alternate assessments based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS): A discriminant analysis. Remedial and Special Education. 32(4), 301-308. doi: 10.1177/0741932510362214.
Lazarus, S.S. & Quenemoen, R.F. (2011). Instructing and assessing students who may be candidates for alternate assessments based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS). In Russell, M. & Kavanaugh, M. (Eds.), Assessing students in the margins: Challenges, strategies, and techniques. Charlotte NC: Information Age Publishing.
Lazarus, S. S., & Thurlow, M. L. (2009). The changing landscape of Alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards (AA-MAS): An analysis of early adopters of AA-MAS. Peabody Journal of Education, 84(4), 496-510.
Peabody Journal of Education. (2009).
Special issue on alternate assessments bases on modified academic achievement
standards: New policy, new practices, and persistent challenges. 84(4).
Project Forum. (2007). A Seven-Step Process to Creating Standards-based IEPs . Arlington VA: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE).
Project Forum. (2007).
Standards-Based Individualized Education Program Examples
Arlington VA: National Association of State Directors of Special Education
Rigney, S. (2007). Federal Policy and Statewide Assessments for Students with Disabilities (PowerPoint). Washington DC: U.S. Department of Education.
Shaftel, J. & Rutt, B.T. (2011). Characteristics of students who take an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards. Journal of Disability Policy Studies. (Published online November 7, 2011: DOI: 10.1177/1044207311424909
Standards and Assessments Peer Review Guidance: Information and Examples for
Meeting Requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 Revised December
21, 2007 to include Modified academic achievement standards
(Revised with technical edits January 12, 2009)
Thurlow, M. L. (2008). Assessment and instructional implications of the alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards (AA-MAS). Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 19, 132-139.