Beginning in the 2004 school year, students with disabilities who do not pass some or all sections of the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination may participate in an optional assessment designed by the student's IEP team and approved by the department. The department will develop guidelines for IEP teams to follow in creating optional assessments. This process should not be confused with the Alternate Assessment described above.
Nontraditional procedures and techniques used within the framework of instructional programs to evaluate a student's educational achievement.
the use of means of assessment other than standardized tests to achieve "direct, Œauthentic' assessment of student performance on important learning tasks" (Warther et al., 1993). See also authentic assessment.