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Alternate Assessments

All District of Columbia students participate in District-wide assessments in one of three ways:

  1. The general assessment
  2. The general assessment with accommodations
  3. The alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS)

Alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) is intended for students who have significant cognitive disabilities that prevent them from participating in the general assessment, even if provided with accommodations and/or modifications.

AA-AAS are built upon measurable targeted skills that are linked to DC-adopted learning standards in ELA, Mathematics, and Science. However, they represent student performance at a lower level of breadth, depth, and complexity than found in the general District-wide assessment. Up to 1% of District of Columbia students in tested grades may show academic proficiency through administration of an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS).

For more information on the District of Columbia’s Alternate Assessments, see the following links:

Related Services: 
Service Contact: 
Assessment Department
Contact Email: 
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
9th Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:45 pm
Service Location: 

810 First Street, NE

GIS Address: 
810 First Street, NE