PASA Eligibility Criteria

The alternate assessment is appropriate for students who have significant cognitive disabilities and who require intensive instruction and extensive support in order to perform and/or participate meaningfully and productively in the everyday activities of integrated school, home, community, and work environments. These students require substantial modifications of the general education curriculum as well as instruction in areas not presently assessed by the PSSA or Keystone exam.

The decision about participation in the standard or the alternate statewide assessment is made by the IEP Team. The following questions should guide their decision-making.

If the answer is "Yes" to all of these questions, it would be appropriate for the IEP team to consider assigning the student to the PASA. If the answer was "No" to any of the above questions, the PASA is not the appropriate statewide assessment for the student.

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