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Assessment for Students with Cognitive Disabilities (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 disabilities. 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 disabilities 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 graduation pathway requirement. Science will continue to be administered in grade 11.


INSIGHT is the electronic system used for WA-AIM Administration.

Access Points Frameworks, and Performance Tasks

The Access Point Frameworks provide a high level overview of all standards accessed at the various grade levels by content area.

The Performance Tasks define standards assessed at each grade level, outline the three Access Point complexity levels for each standard, and defines the requirements and restrictions for each Access Point Level and Performance Task

WA-AIM Trainings

Access online, on-demand modules for administration of the WA-AIM.

WA-AIM Scoring & Reporting

This section is where stakeholders will find information regarding score generation, achievement levels and descriptors as well as templates and resource documents.

1% Alternate Assessment Threshold

Information for districts regarding the 1% Alternate Assessment Threshold including federal requirements, state justification and submission requirements.