Alternate Assessments

What are Alternate Assessments ?

Idaho believes in high standards for all students, including students with disabilities. The overwhelming majority of students with disabilities can take the general assessment with the appropriate accommodations. For students with the most significant, cognitive disabilities for whom the general assessment is not appropriate, the administration of the Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS) may be appropriate with accommodations.

IRI Alternative Assessment

ISAT Alternate ELA/Literacy and Math Assessments

ISAT Science Alternate Assessment

Access for ELLs 2.0 Alternate Assessment

Accuplacer Placement and/or Diagnostic- Alternate SAT


Who takes the Alternate Assessments?

A student is eligible for the alternate assessment if:

  • The student has demonstrated cognitive ability and adaptive behavior that prevents completion of the general academic curriculum even with program accommodations and/or adaptations;
  • The student’s course of study is primarily functional-skill and living-skill oriented (typically not measured by State or district assessments); and
  • The student is unable to acquire, maintain, or generalize skills in multiple settings and demonstrate performance of these skills without intensive and frequent individualized instruction.


What about College Entrance Exams?

Special education students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that specifies accommodations not allowed for a reportable score on the approved test are exempt from the College Entrance Exam requirement under IDAPA However, if the student, parents/guardians, and the IEP Team would like the student to participate in a college entrance or placement exam, the student can participate in a state funded Accuplacer Placement test opportunity. For additional information, view the Accuplacer webpage.

For additional details on Alternate Assessments:

State Department of Education-Special Education