This web page has been created to provide school districts with information on supporting students with meaningful participation in the state assessments. The purpose of accessibility is to eliminate the effects of student barriers that prevent them from demonstrating what they know and can do.  All students can work toward grade-level academic content standards via differentiation and appropriately selected supports and/or accommodations.

The policies and procedures specific to each testing program for accessibility and accommodations are referenced below and can be accessed by the document links.

  1. Smarter Balanced is the general math and reading/language arts assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 3–8.

  2. ACT with Writing (ACT) is the general math, reading/language arts, and science assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grade 11.

  3. Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) is the alternate math and reading/language arts assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 3–8 and 11 for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

  4. Montana Science Assessment (MSA) is the general science assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 5 and 8.

  5. Alternate Montana Science Assessment (AMSA) is the alternate science assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 5, 8, and 11 for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

  6. ACCESS for ELLs and Alt ACCESS is the English Language Proficiency assessment for academic achievement reporting for English Learners (EL) in Grades K–12.

This page includes links to the accessibility and accommodation guidelines for each state assessment including decision-making resources, and parent/guardian resources. Within the external links readers can also access information about the assessment and tested grades, timelines and schedules, and test delivery specifications.

Policies Resources Training Supports

Accessibility and Accommodation Guidelines

Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (UAAG) is published on the Testing Portal.

ACT Accessibility Supports Guide

MSAA and AMSA Eligibility Criteria Worksheet for Alternate Assessments.

MSA Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (UAAG) is published on the Testing Portal.

AMSA Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (UAAG) is published on the Testing Portal.

ACCESS for ELLs:

English Learner Guidance for School Districts - This document assists STCs with understanding the decision-making process and MontCAS criteria used to inform EL Specialists in the criteria for being considered an EL.

Alternate ACCESS for ELLs: Alternate Eligibility Criteria - This document assists STCs and educators in making decisions about student participation in the alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessment.

Decision-Making Process and Resources

Individual Student Assessment Accessibility Profile (ISAAP) Tool

Accessibility: Montana Statewide Assessments

ACCESS for ELLs:

Accessibility and Accommodations (WIDA)

MSAA:

MSAA Alternate Website

ACT:

ACT Quick Start Guide for Requesting Accommodations and/or EL Supports (Note: For state assessments, refer to the right column of the guide "Resources for State and District Testing")

New! ACT Policy for Requesting Accommodations for the ACT Test: ACT's updated policy effective for Spring 2022 ACT with Writing administration.

ACT Test Accessibility and Accommodations System (TAA) User Guide

Additional ACT State and District Testing Accommodations and English Learner Supports Resources

Parent/Guardian Resources Parent/Guardian Resources

ACT:

ACT Accommodations & English Learner Supports

What you Need to Know about EL Supports for the ACT Test (English)

What you Need to Know about EL Supports for the ACT Test (Spanish)

MSAA Resources for Families

 

MontCAS Policies and Procedures for Participation in State Assessments - This guide explains the participation policies and procedures to register and include students in each of the state assessments. 

MontCAS Test Security Manual - Describes the standardized test administration and test security procedures to be used by each accredited school.

2021-2021 OPI Published Test Windows - This describes the allowable test windows across each required state assessment.