District of Columbia

2020 District of Columbia Testing Update

Due to the extended school closures, OSSE plans to seek a one-year waiver from federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements around assessments, and will cancel statewide summative assessments for students, including the DLM Science assessment.

Manuals and Blueprints

Accessibility Manual (pdf)  ADA Compliant 7/01/20
provides guidance on the selection and use of accessibility features

Assessment Coordinator Manual (pdf) 7/01/20
supports district and building staff to prepare for and monitor assessments

Blueprint Science (pdf) 08/18/2020
pool of available preliminary Essential Elements, including High School Biology, for Science

Data Management Manual (pdf) 07/31/2020
supports data managers with managing user, student, and roster data in Educator Portal

Educator Portal User Guide (pdf) 08/05/2020
provides guidance and support for users navigating Educator Portal

Facilitator Guide to DLM Required Test Administrator Training (pdf)  07/15/2020
supports facilitators in accessing DLM required test administration training and support resources

Guide to DLM Required Test Administrator Training (pdf) 07/15/2020
helps users access DLM required test administration training

Guide to Practice Activities and Released Testlets (pdf) 08/13/2020
familiarizes educators and students with testlets and Student Portal

Technology Specifications Manual (pdf) 07/20/2020
supports technology personnel in preparing schools for the technology needs of the DLM assessment

Test Administration Manual (pdf) ADA Compliant 07/23/2020
supports Test Administrators in preparing themselves and students for the DLM assessment

Resources for Educators and District Staff

District Staff Training Resources—Science Only 
resources designed for district users, including Educator Portal how-to videos and role-specific training videos

Educator Resource Page for Science
resources to support administrators testing in Science

Educator Resource Videos 
videos provide information about assessment format, accessibility, and Educator Portal procedures


Enrollment Upload Template (csv)
template used to enroll multiple students into Educator Portal

Roster Upload Template (csv)
template used to roster students to content areas and test administrators in Educator Portal

State Organizational Table DC (xlsx) 2/10/20
names and numbers of schools and districts in the District of Columbia

TEC (Test, Exit, Clear) Upload Template (csv)
template used to batch remove students from Educator Portal

User Upload Template (csv)
template used to upload multiple users into Educator Portal

Scoring & Reporting

Supplemental Resources