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Alternate Assessments

Alternate Assessments

Louisiana offers two alternate assessments for students who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and meet specific criteria. These alternate assessments include the:

  • Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) Alternate Assessment, Level 1 (LAA1)
  • Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) Alternate Assessment, Level 2 (LAA 2)


Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities are eligible to take the LAA 1. The assessment is based on Extended Standards that capture the core academic content of academic standards. 

Students in grades 3 through 8 and 10th grade are assessed in English language arts and mathematics; students in grades 4 and 8 are also assessed in science. Students in 11th grade are assessed in science only.

Students who take the LAA 1 may receive a Career Diploma through an alternate pathway or Certificate of Achievement. 


The LAA 2 assessment is based on modified standards and available to students with IEPs experiencing persistent academic difficulties. Louisiana is phasing out the LAA 2 and only students who have entered a high school cohort prior to 2014-2015 may access the subject specific assessments as a substitute to End-of-Course test requirements needed for graduation. For example, a student who is unable to score a “Fair” or higher on a mathematics End-of-Course (EOC) test, may participate in the LAA 2 10th grade math assessment and, if successful, meet the mathematic EOC graduation requirements.