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Instructionally Embedded

2022-23 Testing Windows
Fall: 9/12/22–12/16/22
Spring: 2/6/23–5/19/23

Testing Subjects
English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science

Theresa Bennett, Assessment
Michelle Jackson, Special Education

DDOE Assessment Special Populations

For questions pertaining to Test Administration, Testing Accommodations, and Policy Issues, please visit the Delaware Office of State Assessment or send an email to


Resource Category
Content Area

DCPS Concrete/Abstract Symbolic Learner (pdf)
Student uses concrete symbols, objects
Student uses speech, signs, braille, 3D graphic symbols
Student uses abstract symbols in communication

DCPS Conventional Communication Learner (pdf)
Student currently uses gestures and vocalizations (or other “verbal” speech) to act on or orient him/herself toward both a person and the topic of communication at the same time

DCPS Pre‐Intentional/Intentional Behavior Learner (pdf)
A student who currently uses reflexive behaviors to express a change in an internal/physiological state. Communicative partner interprets student’s behaviors. Student’s current behaviors are intentional, but not intentionally communicative. Behaviors may serve a communicative function. Student operates directly on objects and people.

DCPS Unconventional Communication Learner for Delaware (pdf)
A student who currently uses body movement, actions, or vocalizations to intentionally communicate with another person.

Development of DLM Essential Elements for Science (pdf)
a short description of how Essential Elements in Science were developed

District Staff Video Resources for Instructionally Embedded Model States  video
resources designed for district users, including Educator Portal how-to videos and role-specific training videos

DLM Familiar Texts for English Language Arts
resources and source books to assist in teaching students to comprehend text through listening or reading

DLM Score Report Videos for Instructionally Embedded Model Statesvideo
collection of videos detailing DLM score report content and use

DLM Writing Testlets Overview
training video designed to provide test administrators with specific information about DLM writing testlets

Educator Portal User Guide (pdf) 08/26/2022
provides guidance and support for users navigating Educator Portal

Educator Resource Videos for Instructionally Embedded Model Statesvideo
videos providing information about assessment format, accessibility, and Kite Educator Portal procedures

Required Test Administrator Training

2022-23 required training for teachers administering the DLM assessment opens on your state's scheduled training date. The Guide to DLM Required Test Administrator Training (pdf) is a great place to start, with information about accessing the DLM training site for your first login.