Alternate assessment no longer required for second graders with disabilities

Beginning in fall of 2014, there will no longer be a fall administration of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) for third grade students. As a result, as of this school year, Maine no longer requires that second grade students complete the Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio (PAAP), which tests grades 2-8 students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are unable to participate in the NECAP.

Federal and State regulations require that all students, including those with disabilities, participate in State-required assessments in grades 3-8 and in high school. Because the NECAP has been administered in the fall and assessed learning from the previous school year, second grade students’ PAAPs—a portfolio assessment of current teaching year content spanning several months—fulfilled that testing requirement in the past.

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