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Dynamic Learning Maps® Alternate Assessment

We provide an instructionally relevant assessment and report assessment results to help guide instruction.

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Test Updates

February 2, 2024

Make a difference in student assessment by participating in an in-person external review event! 

February 1, 2024

For states participating in the Instructionally Embedded model, the Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) spring assessment window opens February 5, 2024. Please consult specific state pages for testing window dates.

DLM News

February 1, 2024

Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) Familiar Text lesson plans are now available for teachers to use during instruction. Each plan includes a familiar text and focuses on early symbolic communication. These plans help students identify objects, express personal preferences, and respond to “Yes” or “No” questions during shared reading. This is important for students who are completing DLM testlets at the Initial Precursor linkage level.

November 14, 2023

Tennessee has joined the Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) alternate assessment as the seventh instructionally embedded state. With the addition of Tennessee, DLM alternate assessments serve students in 22 states. Tennessee students will take DLM assessments for English language arts and mathematics. District test coordinators and district facilitators have been trained, and the DLM Required Test Administrator Training course is open.

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High Expectations for Student Success

This video outlines four keys to academic success for students with significant cognitive disabilities and highlights a few postsecondary opportunities for students taking the DLM alternate assessment. The contents of the video were developed from an ATLAS study on how DLM academic achievement standards prepare students to pursue postsecondary opportunities (pdf).

This video outlines four keys to academic success for students with significant cognitive disabilities and highlights a few postsecondary opportunities for students taking the DLM alternate assessment. The contents of the video were developed from an ATLAS study on how DLM academic achievement standards prepare students to pursue postsecondary opportunities (pdf).

Parents: Learn more about how to build high expectations for your child’s life after high school in A Future of Opportunity (pdf).