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.
  1. The general assessment (NECAP Science, PARCC)
  2. The general assessment with accommodations (NECAP Science, PARCC)
  3. The alternate assessments (RIAA/MSAA)

Students eligible for alternate assessments make up approximately 1% of the student population. Rhode Island has two alternate assessments:

  1. The Rhode Island Alternate Assessment (RIAA) in science.
  2. The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. 

More information on the alternate assessments can be found by clicking on the tabs and links below.

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