The New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) is a part of the New York State Testing Program. It is a datafolio-style assessment in which students with severe cognitive disabilities demonstrate their performance toward achieving the New York State learning standards.

Eligibility for participation in NYSAA is determined by the Committee on Special Education (CSE) according to criteria described in the Administrators' Manual and other materials. Student performance is recorded through direct observation and documentation and may include other information such as student work products, photographs, audio and videotapes.

Students must be assessed once a year beginning in the school year they become 9 years old through the school year they become 14 (grade equivalents 3-8). The secondary level NYSAA is administered during the school year they become 17-18 years of age (high school) (NYSED, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/apda/nysaa/).

Resource: NYSED Parent guide

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