Massachusetts: One State's Approach to Setting Performance Levels on the Alternate Assessment

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In Massachusetts, about one percent of all students being assessed submit portfolios for the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) Alternate Assessment. These portfolios are based on "expanded" state standards that describe academic outcomes appropriate for students with significant disabilities. Teachers collect "evidence" of their students’ performance on the standards during targeted instructional activities or structured student observations to create portfolios that contain an array of work samples, instructional data sheets, audio- and videotapes, or other evidence organized into "portfolio strands" in each content area. Less

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    Grade: PS/Pre-K to 12

    Topics: Education Materials, Learning Theories, Special Education, Curriculum Design, Standardized Testing, Growth and Development, Diversity & Gender, Instructional Strategies, Assessment & Rubrics, Education Theory and Practice

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