Subject Area Alternative Assessment (SAAA)


Per the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Sec. 300.160 Participation in Assessments:  A State must ensure that all children with disabilities are included in all general State and district-wide assessment programs, including assessments described under section 1111 of the ESEA, 20 U.S.C. 6311, with appropriate accommodations and alternate assessments, if necessary, as indicated in their respective IEPs.   (1) A State (or, in the case of a district-wide assessment, an LEA) must develop and implement alternate assessments and guidelines for the participation of children with disabilities in alternate assessments for those children who cannot participate in regular assessments, even with accommodations, as indicated in their respective IEPs, as provided in paragraph (a) of this section.  (2) For assessing the academic progress of students with disabilities under Title I of the ESEA, the alternate assessments and guidelines in paragraph (c)(1) of this section must provide for alternate assessments that: (i) Are aligned with the State's challenging academic content standards and challenging student academic achievement standards.  (This is referred to in IDEA as the Alternate Assessment – Grade Level Academic Achievement Standards (AA-GLAAS) and is the state’s Subject Area Alternative Assessment (SAAA) Program.

Testing Students with Disabilities Regulations

Subject Area Alternative Assessment Manual (SAAA)

Subject Area Testing Program Appeals Process (SBP Code 7610)


  • SAAA Request Forms (with documentation) due in OSA no later than October 7th annually
  • Dispositions (approvals/denials) sent to Special Education Director on or about November 15th annually
  • Deadline to submit e-mail notification regarding non-submission of an Alternative Assessment portfolio is February 28th annually. 
  • Portfolios due in OSA by 4:00 p.m. on March 31th annually.

  • Anticipated mailing of student score reports to DTC on or about May 4, 2015
Office of Student Assessment     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-3052     Fax: (601) 359-2471

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