OPI seeks public comment on alternative assessment waiver

Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen speaks during a School District 2 special session at the Lincoln Center in Billings on Thursday, March 31, 2022.

MIKE CLARK, Billings Gazette

Montana’s Office of Public Instruction is seeking a waiver to federal regulations that cap the percentage of students who receive an alternate academic achievement assessment at 1% of the total students tested. 

OPI has adopted alternate academic achievement standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities. OPI measures the achievements of those standards with an alternate assessment aligned with alternate academic achievement standards.

Federal regulation 34 C.F.R. 200.6(c)(2) requires that for each subject in which assessments are administered, the total number of students assessed in that subject using an alternate assessment for alternate academic achievement standards cannot exceed 1% of the total number of students in the state who are assessed on that subject.

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