Assessments for Students with Disabilities

 

All students are expected to participate in state assessments.  The Arkansas Alternate Portfolio Assessments are designed to evaluate the performance of students with disabilities for whom the ACTAAP Augmented Benchmark Examinations, End-of-Course Examinations, and/or Grade 11 Literacy Examination are not appropriate.

Arkansas Alternate Portfolio Assessments:

  1. Students with Disabilities in Grades 3 - 8 and 11
  2. Students with Disabilities in Grade 9 Mathematics
  3. Students with Disabilities in Grade 10 Science

The Arkansas Alternate Portfolio Assessment allows for a collection of student work as evidence of student performance on tasks aligned to the Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks in the areas of:

  1. English Language Arts (grades 3-8 and 11) and Science (grades 5 and 7)
  2. Algebra I and Geometry (grade 9)
  3. Biology (grade 10)

Students with significant disabilities who have traditionally been exempted from the statewide assessments and who are served in their school districts under the Individualized Education Program (IEP) as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 2004 (IDEA) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) 2001 shall participate in the ACTAAP Augmented Benchmark Examinations, End-of-Course Examinations, and/or Grade 11 Literacy Examination, with or without accommodations, or they shall participate in the Arkansas Alternate Portfolio Assessment if they meet the eligibility criteria.  

The standards are the same for all students in Arkansas; the difference for students with significant disabilities is in the manner in which student learning expectations are accessed and in the way progress toward standards is measured.  The portfolios of students with significant disabilities will show progress toward the Arkansas standards.  

Portfolios

Each portfolio should consist of:

  1. Grades 3-8 and 11 — three entries of student work for each of the three strands in English Language Arts (grades 3-8 and 11), two entries for each of the five strands in Mathematics (grades 3-8), and two entries for each of the three strands in Science (grades 5 and 7)
  2. Grade 9 Mathematics — one entry for each strand in Algebra I and one entry for each strand in Geometry
  3. Grade 10 Biology — one entry for each content standard in Biology

For more information, please contact:

Melody Morgan, Director of Student Assessment
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 305-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4558

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