Students with Disabilities

During the current school year, TCAP-Alternate will include Instructionally Embedded Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) in English language arts and math, as well as the TCAP-Alternate assessment in science (social studies is paused). 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. DLM testlets are 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 TCAP Alternative Science and Social Studies assessments for Grades 3-8 and EOC will be tentatively administered March 11 - April 26, 2024 (paper). 
  • Fall: The TCAP-ALT ELA and Math assessments for Grades 3-8 and EOC will be administered November 13 - December 22, 2023. 
  • Spring: The TCAP-ALT ELA and Math assessments for Grades 3-8 and EOC will be administered February 5 - May 17, 2024.
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.