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IEP Changes for State Assessement Transition for 2012 and Beyond

The newly revised Section IV of the IEP can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

Revised IEP Section IV

Annotated Revised IEP Section IV

Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment

The Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 (IDEA) requires that States and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) ensure that all children with disabilities are included in all general state and district-wide assessment programs, including assessments used for purposes of satisfying the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).  If necessary, a state or LEA may create an alternate assessment.  The Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) was developed in accordance with this allowance to meet the needs of students with the most severe cognitive disabilities who are not able to participate in the general assessment even with accommodations.  The PASA is aligned with Pennsylvania's academic content standards and measures the attainment of knowledge and skills of children with significant cognitive disabilities through performance tasks.  Like the state-wide standardized test (the Pennsylvania System of Assessment or PSSA), the purpose of the PASA is to provide information to school districts and other educational service providers that will aid them in improving instruction for children.

2014 PASA Narrative Notes Request

PA Alternate System of Assessment

The following link will direct you to the 2004 – 2012 State Reports on the PASA. The reports available include the disaggregated student performance reports by ethnicity, gender, economically disadvantaged, and LEP status by home district:



For additional information, please contact:

John Machella | Special Education Advisor
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Special Education
333 Market Street, 7th Fl | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 814.536.1956 | Fax: 814.535.7050
jmachella@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us