The Alternate Assessments (RIAA & MSAA)
The alternate assessments are designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The structure of the alternate assessments are designed around the students’ physical and cognitive disabilities in a way that allows them to answer test questions and participate in the test as independently as possible.
Students participate in state assessments in one of three ways.
- The general assessment (NECAP Science, PARCC)
- The general assessment with accommodations (NECAP Science, PARCC)
- The alternate assessments (RIAA/MSAA)
While students eligible for alternate assessments make up approximately 1% of the student population, they are an important part of our student community. Rhode Island has two alternate assessments:
- The Rhode Island Alternate Assessment (RIAA) in science.
- The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) in ELA, writing, and mathematics. MSAA is the new name of the NCSC alternate assessment administered in 2015.
More information on the RIAA, MSAA, and the standards can be found by clicking the on the tabs and links below.