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IEP Changes for State Assessement Transition for 2012 and Beyond

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has announced its proposed assessment transition plan beginning in the 2012-13 school-year.  This transition is occurring because of Pennsylvania's adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) which required the alignment of Pennsylvania's assessments to the CCSS.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS PROPOSED AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE based upon the United States Department of Education's (USDoE) approval and/or alteration of Pennsylvania's proposal.  As a result of these changes to the assessments, the Bureau of Special Education has revised Section IV of the IEP that pertains to State and Local Assessments. 

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

More information on testing accommodations can be found by clicking on the below link:

PSSA and Keystone Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and 504 Plans

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will be offering the following opportunities to participate in a webinar on accommodations for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment and Keystone Exams.  To register for one of these trainings, please click on the below links:

 

Oct. 15, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  

 

Oct. 15, 2013 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

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:

 http://www.pasaassessment.org/reports/2012.html

 


For additional information, please contact:

Christine Bunce | Special Education Advisor Department of Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of Special Education
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.346.9644 | Fax: 717.783.6139
cbunce@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us