The 1% alternate assessment refers to the students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. NCLB does NOT limit the percent of students able to participate in the alternate assessment. A student's participation in the alternate assessment is decided by the IEP team. Any student taking the alternate assessment is counted in the participation rate. However, the state is allowed to count a maximum of 1% of these students as proficient for AYP purposes. The 2012 statewide percentage .0.7%. Because the state has not surpassed the 1% limit, districts that exceed the 1% cap as a consequence of IEP team decisions will not be required to “count” some of their proficient alternate assessment students as non-proficient.