Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA)


English/Language Arts and Mathematics

Grade levels

 3-8, 11

About the test

Maryland’s Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) is designed to assess skills in English/Language Arts and Mathematics for students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3 through 8 and 11.  This represents a very small number of students.  The MSAA is based on alternate achievement standards which have been derived from and are aligned with the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MCCRS).  The overall goal of the MSAA is to make sure that all students achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-school options.

The MSAA is an online assessment of approximately 30 test items that assess ten prioritized content targets per grade level in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The assessment includes multiple choice items and constructed response items.  Each content target is assessed by items that have been carefully and intentionally designed to assess a range of ability and performance.

Standards being assessed

Core Content Connectors

Accommodations information

All appropriate accommodations for an individual child are identified through the IEP team decision making process. Accommodations to be considered by the IEP team are determined by the national MSAA consortium states. In limited circumstances, a request for a unique accommodation may be made to your local school system.

Assessment results

To see how students performed on MSAA go to

MSA Sample items

MSAA Sample Items