An assessment designed for the small number of students with disabilities who are unable to participate in the regular state assessment, even with appropriate accommodations. An alternate assessment is not one particular format of assessment. Rather, an alternate assessment might include materials collected under several circumstances, including, but not limited to, (a) teacher observation of the student, (b) samples of student work produced during regular classroom instruction that demonstrate mastery of specific instructional strategies in place of performance on a computer-scored multiple choice test covering the same content and skills, or (c) standardized performance tasks produced in an "on demand" setting, such as completion of an assigned task on the test day. U. S. Department of Education. (2003, Dec. 9). Title Iâ€”Improving the academic achievement of the disadvantaged; Final rule, 68 Fed. Reg. 236.
An instrument used in gathering information on the standards-based performance and progress of students whose disabilities preclude their valid and reliable participation in general assessments. Alternate assessments measure the performance of a relatively small population of students who are unable to participate in the general assessment system, with or without accommodations as determined by the IEP Team.