Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA Alternate Assessment

The DoDEA Alternate Assessment assesses Alternate Content Standards (ACS) that are aligned to the DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS). This assessment is designed to build a bridge from the content in the CCRS to academic expectations for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

Student Participation:

For school year (SY) 2022–2023, DoDEA will administer the online DoDEA Alternate Assessment for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3–8 and 11 enrolled in English-language arts (ELA)/Literacy and grades 3–8, and 11 enrolled in mathematics. The test administration calendar is accessible on the DoDEA Website through the following link:

Student Results:

Student results from the DoDEA Alternate Assessments will be reported on an Individual Student Report (ISR). The ISR describes an individual student’s performance in terms of overall results, performance level, and scale score for both content areas. Results are reported according to four performance levels that delineate the knowledge, skills, and abilities students can demonstrate based on their grade level or course standards.

Sample DoDEA Alternate Assessment Reports

Individual Student Report (ISR)

Features of Assessment:

  • Crosswalk Guide
  • Multiple choice(selected-response) items and open-ended (constructed-response) items
  • Writing prompt

Resources for Teachers, Parents, and Students


Total number of tasks and/or items for each course/grade assessment on the test.

Parent Guides

These contain an overview of the alternate assessment. Instructional supports for parents and teachers are included in the guide. 

Student Practice

Practice tests are available for students and teachers to become familiar with the kinds of items and format used for the tests. The link to the practice site is MSAA System.

Contact Information

Please contact your child’s teacher or school administrator with any questions regarding the DoDEA Alternate Assessment.