Operational Testing

In 2014–2015, states began using Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) Alternate Assessment System scores for accountability purposes. 

  • In the year-end model, educators have the option to use instructionally embedded assessments during the year. In late spring, all students in each grade are assessed on the same Essential Elements (EEs). Scores used for accountability are only based on the late spring assessment administration.
  • In the integrated model, educators have some choice of which EEs are taught and assessed. Instructionally embedded assessment is required, but the timing and frequency of assessment varies by state. In late spring, all students are retested on a small number of EEs, for which they were taught and assessed earlier in the year. Scores used for accountability are based on a student’s cumulative assessment results throughout the year.

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