KITE Client 3.0 Release and Service Desk Open Forum Sessions
September 19, 2016
On September 19 KITE® Client 3.0 was released and made available for download. It is required that all testing devices must be updated to the new KITE Client in order to deliver the DLM alternate assessment for the 2016-17 school year. You will not be able to administer any tests on previous versions of KITE Client. The 3.0 download, instructions, and a list of supported platforms can be found here. Installation and updates are typically handled by your local technology personnel. Please note that Windows users MUST delete older KITE® Client folders from your Program Files (x86) folder before installing version 3.0.
In an effort to provide support to districts when installing KITE® Client 3.0, the DLM Service Desk will host two open forum sessions for users who require assistance during the install. The first forum session is September 19–21 and the second session is September 26–28 from 8–5 Central Time. The phone number and PIN needed to dial in to the KITE open forum sessions are listed below.
Open Forum Call-in Number: 877-278-8686
Kansas Users: District users in Kansas will receive Kansas-specific information from their state education agency explaining the KITE Client 3.0 release.
Updated DLM Data Management Manual
September 7, 2016
The Dynamic Learning Maps Data Management Manual has been updated to reflect that the Primary Disability Code is in fact required in order to add a student manually in Educator Portal. Please dispose of any printed or saved copies of the original version of this manual.
New and Updated Resources for DLM Assessments in 2016-17
August 30, 2016
As the 2016-17 school year begins, several new and updated resources are available to help educators and district staff prepare for DLM assessments. Below you will find a list of the new and updated resources as well as where they can be found. Don’t forget to bookmark your state webpage to have easy access to DLM resources.
We updated and reorganized manuals for the 2016-17 school year, which means new names and brand new manuals. The Accessibility Manual, Assessment Coordinator Manual, and Test Administration Manual are updated for this year. What you formerly knew as the Data Steward and Technical Liaison Manuals are now the Data Management and Technology Specifications Manuals, respectively. For your convenience, the includes procedures for test administrators, assessment coordinators, and other users, all in one handy place. (Note, data procedures are included in the Data Management Manual). Each manual can be found on your state’s webpage.
- District Staff Training Videos
New training videos assist assessment coordinators, data personnel, and technology personnel who want to prepare to support DLM assessments in their districts. Click your state link below to watch videos, view FAQs, and sign up for Q&A sessions.
- For IA, KS, MO, ND, and VT click here.
- For AK, BIE, CO, IL, NH, NJ, NY, OK, UT, WI, and WV click here.
- Required Test Administrator Training
Required training for test administrators is available here. Check with your assessment coordinator to find out when training starts in your state.
- Educator Resource Videos
Ready to supplement your knowledge of DLM assessments even further? Four new instructional and informational videos support specific aspects of the DLM system. The videos cover topics like getting started in Educator Portal, ITI, and Personal Learning Profiles. Links to the videos can be found here.
Both English Language Arts and Math blueprints have been updated to reflect the 2016-2017 school year. No content has been changed and they can be found on each state webpage.
KITE Client Software Update for DLM Alternate Assessment
August 2, 2016
KITE® Client 3.0 is scheduled to release in mid-September. All users must install the new KITE Client in order to deliver the DLM alternate assessment during the 2016-17 school year.
The new software update covers all platforms and includes new Chrome and iPad apps. For more information on KITE Client, including status, system requirements, and installation instructions, click here.
Reminder for DLM Test Administrators to Complete the Security Agreement
August 2, 2016
Test administrators are expected to deliver the DLM assessments with integrity and maintain the security of testlets. Starting on August 5, 2016, you must renew your DLM Security Agreement for the 2016-17 school year through Educator Portal under My Profile. If you do not agree to the Security Agreement (and complete the Required Test Administrator Training), you will not have access to information in the Test Management section of Educator Portal. For a step-by-step procedure, see the Educator Portal User Guide section called Complete Security Agreement.
New List Provider
July 13, 2016
As of June 26, 2016 KU Information Technology has introduced a new way to manage announcement lists called Mailman. As a list subscriber you should see very few changes in the communications you receive from DLM Test Updates.
Changes to Note:
- Email announcements will now come from email@example.com
- To remove your address from the list, send an email to DLMFT3-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org from the email address you wish to remove from the list (no body, or subject line needed)
- The old list address email@example.com is no longer a valid email address