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Seeking Public Comment: Alternate Assessment 1 Percent Threshold Participation Rate Waiver Request

ISBE anticipates exceeding the 1 percent threshold for participation in the alternate assessment for school year 2022-23, and plans to submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education.

ISBE is seeking public comment on the draft waiver request until November 29, 2022. Members of the public may submit comments to altexception@isbe.net.

This page contains information on the Exception to the 1 Percent Threshold for participation for the alternate state accountability assessment, Dynamic Learning Maps- Alternate Assessment (DLM-AA).  The alternate state accountability assessment is aligned to the DLM-AA Essential Elements that are aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards.  Information regarding the DLM-AA Essential Elements can be found on the DLM-AA Assessment page​.​

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) [ESEA §111(b)(2)(D) and 34 CFR 200.6(c) and (d)], modifies the provision that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities may participate in alternate assessments based on alternate academic achievement standards (alternate assessments).  ESSA places a 1 percent threshold on the number of students who may participate in alternate assessments.  States that anticipate exceeding the 1 percent threshold must submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education.

On an annual basis, LEAs which anticipate exceeding the 1 percent threshold must submit a justification form to ISBE. LEA Justifications are available upon request to altexception@isbe.net.

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