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CIA cut-score (formerly known as Basic/L2)

With passage of HB 1599 (the “Pathways Bill”) information on this page applies only to students in the class of 2019 or earlier. More information for students in the class of 2020 and beyond will be made available in spring/summer 2019. View the resource page related to HB 1599 and legislative information on the bill.

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The CIA cut score (formerly known as the Basic or Level 2 score) is an assessment option for a student receiving special education services, as indicated in his/her IEP. The CIA cut score alternative allows the student to fulfill the state's assessment graduation requirement by applying a score at or above the established CIA requirement cut score for accountability assessment or other approved state assessment. The CAA/CIA Database application will be updated to replace language reflecting "L2 Basic" with language reflecting "CIA-Cut Score."

The student's IEP team must determine that the student should take the accountability assessment or other approved state assessment, with or without accommodations, with a cut score for meeting standard set at the CIA Cut Score level. Please see IEP Team Guidance for Selecting the Appropriate Assessment to Earn a Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) for more information.

The CIA Cut Score cannot be used for meeting standard, as recorded in state and federal accountability reporting; it is solely applicable to fulfilling a student's graduation requirement. However, students who have used the CIA cut score option for federal accountability assessment administrations (Math and ELA Smarter Balanced assessment in spring of 10th grade) count as having participated in these exams on-grade level.

Eligibility for this Assessment Graduation Alternative

To be eligible for this assessment graduation alternative, the student must:

  • Be receiving special education services during the time of administration, as indicated in CEDARS

How to submit this Assessment Graduation Alternative

This assessment graduation alternative is not submitted through the Graduation Alternatives Application.

To indicate a CIA cut score for state assessments, District Coordinators can change the assessment type to Basic (L2) for a past test administration in the CAA/CIA database by following these Retro-Basic Instructions.