Beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, the Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS) has partitioned into two separate categories to assist with clarity between the state graduation requirement and the federal and state accountability requirements. The Basic (L2), DAPE (now Off-Grade Level assessment for ELA and Mathematics and DAPE for Science) and LDA Options have been integrated with the Graduation Alternatives page. The WAAS-Portfolio will no longer serve as Washington’s Alternate Assessment for students with significant cognitive challenges as of Jan. 2015. The replacement 1% assessment is the WA-Access to Instruction & Measurement (WA-AIM).
The following information is intended to assist with understanding Accountability testing required for All students, inclusive of students with IEPs.
* Science for alternate assessment resumes 2015-2016. See WA-AIM Participation Guidelines to determine if the 1% assessment is an appropriate measure of student learning.
The options presented below are available to students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for meeting the state graduation requirement if determined appropriate by their IEP team. IEP teams are encouraged to refer to IEP Guidance for Selecting CIA Options to assist in making the most appropriate decision for the child.
** For science, 11th grade students served by an alternate assessment were previously census tested in 10th grade per the state’s accountability requirements. For this reason the state will not ask 11th grade students to assess science in spring 2015 using the WA-AIM instrument.
Additional Details regarding the alternate assessment for students in the classes of 2015 and 2016 can be found on our website memoranda page.