Learn more about the required alternate science assessment given to qualified students in grades 5, 8, and 11 below.

*The test is not designed to be completed in one sitting as tests may be paused and  resumed as often as necessary. A break may consist of a few minutes to a few days.

The Alternate Montana Science Assessment (AMSA) is the alternate science assessment for academic state achievement reporting in Grades 5, 8, and 11 for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The AMSA is designed to measure the alternate academic achievement standards alighned to Montana's Content Standards (2016) in Science. The AMSA is the alternate version provided in place of the general Montana Science Assessment and the ACT with Writing test for students with significant cognitive diabilities. It is used to provide state, district, school, and individual student achievement information on the state-adopted content standards in science. It is used by the state to provide a consistent picture of student proficiency and progress across Montana's public schools and private schools seeking accreditation. It is an important measure for understanding comparisons between schools, over time, and for gaining an understanding of equity in educational services.

Grade(s): 5, 8, and 11

Subject(s): Science

Test Time: 1.5-2 hours*

Testing Window: March 11-April 26, 2024

AMSA Technical Report (2022-2023)

General Information

These resources include some general information about the assessment that will be helpful in learning about the Alternate Montana Science Assessment. Follow the links below to learn more.


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