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Assessment for Students with Cognitive Disabilities (WA-AIM)

Contact Information

Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM)

360-725-4970
Toni Wheeler
360-725-4970

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 disabilities.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 disabilities 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 10 for ELA and Math and can be used to meet a student's CIA requirements. Science will continue to be administered in grade 11.

Guidelines & Supports
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.

Data Collection Platform
eDirect and the Data Collection Platform are the systems used to record and submit student WA-AIM assessment data.

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.

1% Alternate Assessment Cap