American Samoa Implements MSAA

American Samoa Department of Education, Special Education Division joined the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and Guam as a state partner of the Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) consortium to improve the development and implementation of the alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) required for students with significant cognitive disabilities based on their Individualized Education Program.

In support of American Samoa’s MSAA implementation, Guam CEDDERS June De Leon facilitated six 2-hour virtual sessions from January through May with American Samoa specialists and special education teachers in preparation for the Spring 2021 MSAA on-line alternate assessment administration from March 15-May 14.  Preparation activities included addressing the academic instructional needs of students with significant cognitive disabilities and the requirements for administering the MSAA on-line alternate assessment.  The virtual sessions also included Guam special education teachers familiar with administering the MSAA online test, which provided practical insights in preparation for and during the administration.

Congratulations to American Samoa for administering the Spring 2021 MSAA test with 100% participation of students with significant cognitive disabilities requiring an AA-AAS in the tested grades!