States’ Flexibility Waiver Plans for Alternate Assessments Based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS)
This report compiles, analyzes, and summarizes states’ waiver applications for flexibility from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requirements regarding alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS). The report analyzed states’ ESEA waiver applications that had been approved as of May 2014 by asking the following two research questions: (1) In what ways did the applications include the new assessments being developed by the federally funded AA-AAS consortia (Dynamic Learning Maps [DLM], National Center and State Collaborative [NCSC])? and (2) What specific plans for an AA-AAS were included in states’ flexibility applications? Information from the state waiver applications that were related to the AA-AAS, alternate achievement standards, and students with disabilities who participated in an alternate assessment were compiled and coded. Results from the analyses and discussion are presented. This report was written in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), with support by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs.