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Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 (IDEA) requires that States and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) ensure that all children with disabilities are included in all general state and district-wide assessment programs, including assessments used for purposes of satisfying the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). If necessary, a state or LEA may create an alternate assessment. The Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) was developed in accordance with this allowance to meet the needs of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are not able to participate in the general assessment even with accommodations. The PASA is aligned with Pennsylvania's academic content standards with a reduction in depth and breadth evidenced by the Alternate Eligible Content , and measures the attainment of knowledge and skills of children with significant cognitive disabilities through performance tasks. Like the state-wide standardized test (the Pennsylvania System of Assessment or PSSA), the purpose of the PASA is to provide information to school districts and other educational service providers that will aid them in improving instruction for children.

The Bureau of Special Education announces Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) Alternate Assessment System Consortium as the new PASA assessment and vendor for the 2020-21 testing cycle.  Please check back to this site for updates on test administration and training announcements associated with the 2020-21 PASA

PASA Getting Ready Training

The PASA Getting Ready annual webinar is designed for PASA Assessment Coordinators and Special Education administrators to offer important updates and information for the upcoming testing year.

2020-21 PASA Getting Ready webinar will be available here beginning September 25, 2020.  

PASA Eligibility Criteria

Students MUST meet the identified 6 criteria of eligibility, as determined by the IEP team, in order to participate in the PASA. PASA Eligibility Criteria (PDF)

For more information, please contact Lisa Hampe at 724-425-3000 ( or Lynda Lupp at 610-265-7321 (