New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA)
NYSAA is part of the New York State testing program that measures the attainment of the State’s learning standards in the areas of English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science for all students with the most severe disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school. In the 2015-16 school year, NYSAA began using computer-based testing for the ELA and mathematics components. Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the NYSAA program will no longer include a Social Studies component. The NYSAA in ELA, mathematics, and science will be assessed using Dynamic Learning Maps alternate assessment.
English Language Arts, Mathematics and ScienceDynamic Learning Maps (DLM) alternate assessment is a computer-delivered adaptive assessment measuring a student's achievement of the ELA, Mathematics, and Science State 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.
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