The National Alternate Assessment Center (NAAC) is a five year
project funded under the United
States Department of Education,Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
By the end of the five year project, NAAC will:
- gather a multi-disciplinary team of experts in measurement and special education
to advance theory and practice in the designs of alternate assessments.
- articulate a theory of learning for students who take alternate assessments that
includes academic content.
- provide techniques and strategies for aligning alternate assessments with grade-level
content expectations and curriculum.
- identify and describe the best practices for development, design, and administration
of all types of alternate assessments.
- consider the implications of the theory of universal design as it applies to alternate
- bridge the gap between what we know about alternate assessments and effective measurement
- apply these new guidelines, techniques and strategies in real-life contexts with
our state partners.
- provide guidance to states as they design or re-design their alternate assessments
in terms of technical quality.
In Collaboration with:
Advisory Board & Technical Panel
NAAC has both an advisory board and an expert panel which help
to guide the research of the Center. The advisory board consists of experts from
a variety of stakeholder groups including special education, policy, severe disabilities,
universal design, deaf-blindness, learning disabilities, partner state representatives,
teachers, parents of students with disabilities, and consumers. The expert panel
consists of experts in measurement, special education, and assessment who work closely
with our state partners concerning their current assessment systems. Overall, the
guidance of both groups is inherent to the forward thinking, research, and technical
assistance provided by NAAC to the fields of assessment and education.
NAAC Principal Investigator: Jacqui Farmer Kearns, Ed.D
For further information, please contact:
The National Alternate Assessment Center (NAAC)
University of Kentucky
1 Quality Street, Suite 722
Lexington, Kentucky 40507