Alternate Assessment iPad Apps for High School

Many states are now requiring teachers to prepare an Alternate Assessment for students who are receiving an IEP diploma. The Assessment begins in third grade and goes through high school. This blog is about apps for high school. To read about apps for other grades, click on the grade you're interested in: ThirdFourthFifthSixthSeventhEighth


  • Required component- Reading

There are a few choice components. The apps I selected can be photographed as per the documentation choices for each subject area.

Choice Component 2—Standard 3: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for critical analysis and evaluation.

The student will recognize an opinion about a literary work by completing a reading journal with a personal judgment that explains whether he or she would recommend the literary work. The student work product is the reading journal entry with the title, author, and personal judgment about the literary work and a “yes” or “no” for recommending it to others.

AnswersHD ($.99) This app allows students who are unable to voice or write an opinion.

  • Required Component 2- Writing- Choice Component 1—Standard 1: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding.

The student will create picture), symbol), objects, etc. to communicate information about a text or a personal experience/preference. The student work products are selected graphics or images using Boardmaker or PECs, Internet pictures, writing with symbols, drawings, etc. that give information about a text or personal experience/preference.

Drawing Pad ($1.99) Create your own art using "actual-sized" photo-realistic crayons, markers, paint brushes, colored pencils, stickers, roller pens and more.


  • Required component 1 - Algebra

Choice Component 1 - Band: Variables and Expressions solve one-step and/or two-step equations

iLivemath-oceans ($4.99) This app has a few different choices: Farm Fresh Animals of Africa and Speed. Each app has three levels allowing the teacher to set the appropriate level for the student. It covers addition, subtraction, percent, mean, mode and range. Most important, it can be used for the Choice component 1 one-step or two-step equations.

  • Required Component 2 - Strand: Statistics and Probability

Choice Component 1 - Band: Organization and Display of Data

The student will record given data on a list or in a chart. The student work product is the completed list or chart that the student used to record given data.

Easy-Chart (Free) Enter data the app will graph information. Users can make pie charts, change colors.


  • Required Component 1 - Standard: 4 - The Living Environment

Key Idea 7: Human decisions and activities have had a profound impact on the physical and living environment.

The student will describe two ways humans use the Earth’s resources of water and trees by creating a graphic organizer indicating human needs for a particular resource. The student work product is a graphic organizer showing two ways humans use the needed resources of water and trees.

Popplet ($4.99) Users can capture their ideas and sort them visually.

  • Required Component 2—Standard: 4 - Physical Setting/Earth Science

The student will recognize patterns of monthly changes in the environment of the northern hemisphere by selecting the typical weather pattern associated with a given month.The student work product includes given months and typical weather patterns glued next to them.

Accuweather (Free) Not only gives the weather, but also allows students to compare weather in different locations. Animated and colorful interface for a fun and intuitive navigation.

Social Studies

  • Required Component 1 - Standard: 1-US and NYS History

Choice Component 2 - Unit 7(B)-World in Uncertain Times: 1980-Present

The student will use newspapers, the Internet, magazines, etc., to become aware of current events related to domestic issues by answering “wh-” questions or providing details about the events chosen. The student work product shows current events, questions answered or details provided about each, and student responses based on information in the current events.

Webnotes (Free) allows users to write a note or an article while searching the web. Users can browse and write side by side, resize the view as desired (iPad only) and browse or write in full screen mode.

  • Required Component 2 - Standard: 2-World History

Choice Component 1 - Unit 5 - Age of Revolution

The student will explore what life was like for factory workers and their families in a city during the Industrial Revolution using a graphic organizer to organize information about lifestyle and living conditions.The student work product is the graphic organizer with the collected information.

Simplemind-mind-mapping (Free) Mind mapping tool that turns an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into a brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device.

Vicki Windman is a special education teacher at Clarkstown High School South.