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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

September 22, 2022

The Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) Instructionally Embedded model fall window has opened for the 2022–2023 academic year. The Instruction and Assessment Planner is used to create instructional plans and assign testlets for students.

July 20, 2022

We are happy to announce that the Kite Student Portal app and installers for the 2023 school year are now available!

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).