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Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement (WA-AIM)

WA-Access to Instruction & Measurement (WA-AIM)

The Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement (WA-AIM) is an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards aligned to the Common Core State Standards for students with significant cognitive challenges. The WA-AIM is built off of Access Point Frameworks that expand upon the mathematics and English language arts Common Core State Standards and the Washington State science standards to provide students with significant cognitive challenges a continuum of access points to the standards. The WA-AIM will measure student knowledge and skills through the use of twice annual administered performance tasks. The WA-AIM will be used for federal and state accountability in grades 3-8 and 11 and can be used to meet a student’s CIA requirements.

Engrade, Guidelines & Supports
Engrade is the online assessment platform that educators use to record the WA-AIM assessment information for participating students.

Guidelines & Supports are provided to assist in determining if this is the appropriate assessment for a child and how to administer the WA-AIM to a student using the Engrade online platform.

Access Points, Performance Tasks & Examples
Educators use the Access Point Frameworks and associated Performance Tasks to assess the knowledge and skills aligned to the Common Core State Standards and Washington Science EALRs under direction provided by the Educators’ Guide for the WA-AIM.

Item/question examples for ELA, mathematics and science in each content area are available to support educators in planning and administering the WA-AIM. These resources will be continually enhanced throughout the year and updates will be announced via our WA-AIM Newsletter.

WA-AIM Trainings
There are multiple formats for educators to participate in WA-Access to Instruction and Measurement training. In person trainings, on-demand videos and informational web modules can be found on our WA-AIM Training page.

Scoring & Reporting
This section is where stakeholders will find information regarding score generation, achievement levels and descriptors as well as templates and resource documents.

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WA-AIM Key Dates:

Aug – Oct:
WA-AIM Trainings for educators (required for administration)

Sept 14 – Nov 20:
WA-AIM Off-Grade Level Retakes assessment window (12th grade only)

Sept 21-Oct 4:
Spring WA-AIM Registration by District Assessment Coordinators in WAMS

Oct 19 – April 8:
WA-AIM Spring assessment window (grades 3-8, 11 & 12)

Engrade Maintenance Windows (5pm - 9pm PT)

Scheduled downtime for maintenance to the Engrade system will occur on:

  • 11/13/15: Extended window 5pm - 11pm PT
  • 11/14/15: Additional window 11am - 11pm PT
  • 1/15/16
  • 2/5/16
  • 3/18/16
  • 5/6/16
  • 6/24/16
  • 8/5/16

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