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Alternate Maryland School Assessment (ALT-MSA)

The Alternate Maryland School Assessment (ALT-MSA) is the Maryland assessment in which students with disabilities participate if through the IEP process it has been determined they cannot participate in the Maryland State Assessment (MSA) even with accommodations. The ALT-MSA assesses and reports student mastery of individually selected indicators and objectives from the reading, mathematics, and science content standards or appropriate access skills. A portfolio is constructed of evidence that documents individual student mastery of the assessed reading, mathematics, and science objectives.

Eligible students participate in the ALT-MSA in Grades 3-8 and 10.

The statewide performance standards reflecting three levels of achievement: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced are reported for the ALT-MSA.