Modified Alternate Assessment Participation Screening (MAAPS) Consortium
The Modified Alternate Assessment Participation Screening (MAAPS) Consortium includes the departments of education from Arizona, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, along with researchers from Vanderbilt University and the University of Pittsburgh, and Discovery Education Assessment, with the shared purpose of creating a multi-part screening system for identifying students who would be eligible for an alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards (AA-MAS). The MAAPS System will include electronic screening tests to predict proficiency in reading and mathematics, as well as a measure of opportunity to learn (OTL) essential academic objectives. The primary goals/objectives of the MAAPS Consortium are to (1) develop tools to facilitate educators' accurate assessment participation decisions for students with disabilities, (2) evaluate the validity and consequences of the participation decision-making tools, (3) apply the MAAPS system for students with disabilities to determine its utility and likely conseqences, and (4) disseminate knowledge learned from the development and implementation of the MAAPS System. Activities to accomplish these objectives include meetings to develop and refine measurement tools, several validity evidence studies, and a culminating training conference for professional development. The primary outcome of this project is that IEP teams will be able to make reliable AA-MAS participation decisions. The MAAPS System will be designed for implementation at the 8th grade level in reading and mathematics, providing screening data in the form of repeated measures, to help educators make decisions with confidence. Secondary outcomes will include examining the relationship between OTL and disability status, sharing information about methods for developing altered items for AA-MAS, and learning about the development of measurement tools that can be extended to other grade levels. The MAAPS Consortium will draw from the successful work completed in the Consortium for Alternate Assessment Validity and Experimental Studies (CAAVES project, Compton & Elliott, 2006-2009), as well as on investigators' experience in development and validation of alternate assessments and other educational assessment tools.