Alternate Assessments Based on Grade-Level Achievement Standards (AA-GLAS)

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AA-GLAS Overview

Alternate assessments based on grade-level achievement standards (AA-GLAS) are assessments that some states may use to evaluate the performance of a small group of students with disabilities. Federal legislation requires that all students, including students with disabilities, be included in accountability systems. Many students can take the general assessment with or without accommodations, but some students with disabilities need alternate ways to access assessments. Alternate assessments based on grade-level achievement standards (AA-GLAS) are for students who require accommodations that are not available on the general assessment to demonstrate skill and knowledge on the grade-level content and grade-level achievement standards, and who demonstrate achievement in different formats or contexts than are provided by the general assessment. Only a few states currently offer this option, but more may in the future.

For information on other types of alternate assessments see: