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How does participating in statewide assessment benefit my child?

Assessment provides important information about progress and achievement. Assessment results and other information help the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team plan the best instruction to meet your child's specific educational needs.

What subjects and grades are assessed?

NCLB requires states to assess students in reading/ language arts and mathematics in grades 3-8 and once in high school. APTA assesses students in grades 3-8 and 11.

Who determines how my child will be assessed?

Your child's IEP Team makes decisions about assessment. You and the other IEP Team members follow state guidelines to decide how your child participates in statewide assessments.

What is an Alternate Assessment?

An Alternate Assessment is developed for students with significant cognitive disabilities who cannot take general statewide assessments, even wi th accommodations.

Will I receive my child's assessment results?

Yes, you will receive a student report that shows your child's performance level in each content area.

Where can I review a sample report?


Who can help me understand my child's report?

You can ask your child's teacher, counselor or principal for assistance in interpreting test results.

Where can I get more information?

You can get information from your child's school, from your county board office or from the Office of Assessment, Accountability and Research; 304-558-2546.