Students with Disabilities

During the 2020-21 school year, TCAP-Alternate will include the Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) in English language arts and math, as well as the TCAP-Alternate assessment in science and social studies. TCAP-Alternate is an assessment based on alternate achievement standards. This assessment is appropriate for students with a significant cognitive disability as determined by the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team. The MSAA is designed to be administered online by the test administrator. The TCAP-Alternate science and social studies is designed to be administrated via paper by the test administrator. 



Applicable Federal/State Law
The development of alternate achievement standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities and their use for making adequate yearly progress (AYP) decisions is authorized under a Department regulation (34 C.F.R. Part 200) published on December 9, 2003. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and title I require inclusion of all students with disabilities in the State assessment system.


Purpose & Use
This test is given to help measure how much a student grows academically over the course of a school year. 


Administration Window
The operational Alternative assessments will be administered March 15-April 30, 2021 (tentative window)
Length of Assessment
Students are given the assessment during class time throughout the window based on student needs and class schedules.
Results to Parents & Students

Districts receive individual performance reports which detail student performance in early summer. Districts can choose how and when to share these reports with parents.