New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA)
NYSAA is part of the New York State testing program that measures attainment of the State’s learning standards in the areas of English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social studies for all students with severe disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school. Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, NYSAA is using computer-based testing for the ELA and Math components; however, it is continuing with a datafolio-style assessment for the Science and Social Studies content areas.
English Language Arts and Mathematics
Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, ELA and mathematics will be assessed using Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) computer-based assessments. DLM is a computer-delivered adaptive assessment measuring a student’s achievement of the ELA and Mathematics Common Core Learning Standards at a reduced level of depth, breadth, and complexity. This computerized assessment provides the opportunity to customize the assessment to the individual abilities and needs of the student. It is designed to measure a wide range of proficiencies of students, is quicker and easier to administer and score, and provides useful information to teachers to inform future instruction for the student.
Science and Social Studies
The Science and Social Studies NYSAA will continue to be submitted in the current hard-copy or datafolio-style format, with Measured Progress as the current contractor. The key characteristics of the Science and Social Studies NYSAA are the same as in previous years.
- Age Ranges for Students with Disabilities Participating in the 2016-17 New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) (52.2 Kb)
- 2016-17 Elementary- and Intermediate-level Testing Schedule (163 KB)
- 2016-17 Alternate Assessment Training Network (AATN) Specialists List (94 Kb)
NYSAA ELA and Mathematics (DLM)
- New Policy on Language Translation for NYSAA for ELA and Math (311 KB)
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requests that teachers who administered the New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics (DLM) for the 2015-16 school year complete a survey so that they may provide NYSED with valuable feedback.
The survey can be accessed using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KWV6JNZ
The survey will be available until 3p.m. on July 22, 2016.
Your suggestions and feedback matter to us, so please take the time to complete and submit the survey.
- DLM Recorded Webinars and FAQs for Assessment Coordinators, Data Managers, and Technology Managers
- NYSED Computer-Based Testing (CBT) NYSAA