Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA)
The GAA is a portfolio-based assessment for students in grades Kindergarten, 3–8, and High School who have been identified as having the most significant cognitive disabilities and cannot participate in the general assessment program even with maximum accommodations. Students in Grades 5, 8, and High School are assessed in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Students in Kindergarten and Grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 are assessed in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Students participating in the GAA are assessed on the same content standards as their peers; however, teachers may adjust the achievement expectations to reflect the learning characteristics of this group of students. Please note that if local districts mandate an assessment in grades other than Kindergarten, 3–8, and High School, an alternate assessment must be provided for students with significant cognitive disabilities.