Can participation in a criterion-referenced or locally developed assessment substitute for the alternate assessment?
No. This is not possible because the criterion referenced or locally developed assessments do not allow for comparison across the state. A criterion referenced or locally development assessment is considered to be part of an LEA's general district-wide Assessment Program. Students should participate in these assessments to the extent dictated by IEP Team decisions. If participation in the districtwide assessment system is contraindicated, students should have participate in an assessment that is alternate to the districtwide assessment. This is a different issue that participation in the statewide alternate assessment.