Essay on Definition Of Alternate Assessment Test

1420 Words Sep 11th, 2016 6 Pages
In this article, the author, Christina A. Samuels, reveals how over half of the 50 states in the U.S. as well as the District of Columbia are considering to use alternate assessments that would be aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) prepared by one of two different consortia, Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) and National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) in lieu of existing shared tests aligned to CCSS made by Partnership of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) or Smarter Balanced which less than half of the 50 states still use. The recent consortia, DLM and NCSC, in particular are developing tests that are to be tailored specifically for severe cognitive disabled students while also at the same time aligned to CCSS. The author went further to explain that this shift for alternate assessment test taking has much ground to cover financially speaking as the consortia organizations that would prepare these have a received have received federal funding of $67 million which is only just over a sixth of what the existing consortia organizations have received for the purposes of making tests to address college and career readiness standards that are inclusive to students with special needs. However, the author also pointed out further limitations of this alternate assessment being able to meet the requirements to participate in these alternate assessments with the pretext for special ed. students being that the state would have them take whatever general…

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