ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-09-023

Date Created : 08/20/2008


Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
Elementary Principals
other: Test Coordinators
Special Education Supervisors & Teachers

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Central Administration - Dr. Diana Julian, Deputy Commissioner
Alternate Assessment Videoconference

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Charlotte Marvel

Phone Number:


The Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program (ACTAAP) requires that alternate assessments be used for eligible students with disabilities for whom the Alternate Portfolio Assessment is appropriate under the studentís Individualized Education Program (IEP). The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that an alternate assessment for eligible Special Education students be administered for the 2008-2009 school year. All schools with eligible Special Education students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 shall participate in the Alternate Portfolio Assessment this school year. There is also an alternate assessment for Special Education students in mathematics at grade 9 and science at grade 10, as required by No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

The training for implementation of the Alternate Portfolio Assessment for 2008-2009 will be September 5, 2008, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for Special Education Supervisors, district testing coordinators and/or teachers of students with disabilities. The compressed videoconference will be broadcast at each of the sites listed on the attachment. Districts are required to send a representative to receive updated information for this school year.

Participants need to BRING the Administration Manual received by the district to the videoconference. Manuals may also be downloaded from the Arkansas Department of Education Web site, by following these steps:
*Click the Testing Logo
*Choose ACTAAP, which is located on the left menu
*Click on Student Assessment, also located on the left menu
*Scroll down to middle of page
*Select Alternate Portfolio System
*Scroll down to the Administration Manuals and select appropriate manual for Students with Disabilities

Please submit a registration form for each district representative attending the training session by going to Registration forms must be submitted via the Web site, no later than September 3, 2008.


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