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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

April 19, 2022
  1. The First Contact survey must be completed at least 24 hours before testing.
  2. Changes to the Personal Needs and Preferences (PNP) profile take at least 24 hours to refresh.
  3. After administering a testlet, the next testlets in the subject area may take up to 15 minutes to release.
April 14, 2022

Before launching Kite® Student Portal, please ensure that the iPad has an established internet connection. A restart of the iPad and the quit password may be required if the application opens without a connection to the internet.

DLM News

March 23, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic caused changes in instruction and assessment nationwide. These changes impact the defensible reporting of results. DLM staff explored several instruction and assessment scenarios. They examined how each scenario may inform decisions about scoring and reporting for the 2020-2021 year. Check out the project brief to learn more.

November 17, 2020

DLM staff explored the relationship between DLM academic achievement standards and postsecondary opportunities for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

The results of the study conducted in 2019-2020 found that students with significant cognitive disabilities who meet the DLM academic achievement standards have the academic skills necessary for pursing postsecondary education or competitive integrated employment.

View the Technical Report and browse other reports and resources on the DLM Publications page.

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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).