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Resources for Families of Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities 

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN 

The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) provides resources and training to support and promote effective instruction and assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities.  Publications, instructional resources, and on-line professional development are available for teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, and administrators. PASA: Answers to Questions Frequently Asked by Families is a resource intended for families and educational teams to assist in understanding information specific to the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment.  This resource has been updated for the 2020-21 school year and replaces the previously released PASA Parent Guide. 

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) 

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) will serve as the PASA assessment and vendor in Pennsylvania for the 2020-21 school year. The DLM website provides information about the test, released ‘testlets’ (which are test item examples), and a variety of instructional resources including books you can read with your child, writing tools if your child does use a standard pencil or computer keyboard, and communication supports if your child struggles to use speech to communicateAccess the DLM Parent Brochure (PDF).


PASA Eligibility Criteria IEP Team Decision Making Companion Tool 

Parents play an integral role in the IEP team decision for a student to qualify to take the PA Alternate System of Assessment (PASA). Students MUST meet the identified 6 criteria of eligibility, as determined by the IEP team, to participate in the PASA. The PASA Eligibility Criteria IEP Team Decision Making Companion Tool contains each of the six PASA eligibility criteria and relevant additional considerations for IEP teams to consider when making eligibility decisions.