WA-Access to Instruction & Measurement (WA-AIM)
The Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement
(WA-AIM) is an alternate assessment based on alternate
achievement standards aligned to the Common Core State
Standards for students with significant cognitive
challenges. The WA-AIM is built off of Access Point
Frameworks that expand upon the mathematics and English
language arts Common Core State Standards and the Washington
State science standards to provide students with significant
cognitive challenges a continuum of access points to the
standards. The WA-AIM will measure student knowledge and
skills through the use of twice annual administered
performance tasks. The WA-AIM will be used for federal and
state accountability in grades 3-8 and 10 for ELA and Math
and can be used to meet a student’s CIA requirements.
Science will continue to be administered in grade 11.
Guidelines & Supports are provided to assist in determining if this is the appropriate assessment for a child and how to administer the WA-AIM to a student using the Engrade online platform.
eDirect and the Data Collection Platform are the systems used to record and submit student WA-AIM assessment data.
Educators use the Access Point Frameworks and associated Performance Tasks to assess the knowledge and skills aligned to the Common Core State Standards and Washington Science EALRs under direction provided by the Educators’ Guide for the WA-AIM.
Item/question examples for ELA, mathematics and science in each content area are available to support educators in planning and administering the WA-AIM. These resources will be continually enhanced throughout the year and updates will be announced via our WA-AIM Newsletter.
There are multiple formats for educators to participate in WA-Access to Instruction and Measurement training. In person trainings, on-demand videos and informational web modules can be found on our WA-AIM Training page.
This section is where stakeholders will find information regarding score generation, achievement levels and descriptors as well as templates and resource documents.