English Language Arts Materials Collections for Instructionally Embedded States

Fall 2021 Assessment Window: Instructionally Embedded Model

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Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) testlets sometimes call for the use of specific materials. Materials are identified in the Testlet Information Page (TIP) for each testlet. Sometimes materials are required and cannot be substituted, but substitutes are allowed in most cases. If materials are to be used in a testlet, the TIP will state the specific materials mentioned in the testlet and describe their attributes so that test administrators can find appropriate substitutions. For more information about substituting materials, navigate to your state's webpage and find the section in the Test Administration Manual titled Teacher-Administered Testlets and Prepare to Administer a Testlet.

The TIP is provided in the Instruction and Assessment Planner in Kite® Educator Portal when each testlet is assigned. Since the teacher chooses which Essential Elements and linkage levels to assess during instructionally embedded assessments, the materials needed or recommended to assess each student are unknown before the testlet is assigned. However, the materials used in different testlets often have common traits, giving teachers the ability to identify commonly available objects ahead of time that are likely to be useful when administering English language arts (ELA) testlets. Teachers may collect these materials and use them during instruction. The most useful materials are familiar to the student and available before the teacher begins assigning testlets in the Instruction and Assessment Planner.

The list below contains materials commonly needed in ELA testlets and gives test administrators more opportunity to prepare for the ELA alternate assessment before the spring window opens. The tables in this document summarize lists of materials per grade level for general testlets and, where appropriate, for students who are blind or have visual impairments.

Materials may be substituted unless the TIP specifically states “No substitutions allowed.”


Hints for using this list:
  • Look at the whole list for each grade and find materials that can meet multiple purposes. Note the types of materials mentioned more than once.
  • Find materials that already exist in the classroom or are easily found somewhere in the school building.
  • Pick materials that are familiar to the student.
  • Remember that in most cases, materials can be substituted as long as they have the same attributes as those on the list. Examples of possible substitutions are found in the table below.
  • Materials substitutions are listed for individual testlets on the corresponding TIP.
  • The student’s safety should be the primary concern when choosing materials or substitutions.
Example Materials Description Possible Solution
two sets of identical objects packaged together (packs of crayons, pencils, markers) use two identical packs of flash cards
two objects that are the same size, and one object that is smaller than the other two use two flash cards that are the same size and a smaller playing card


The following information is contained in the accordions below:
  • Lists by grade of materials commonly used in ELA testlets that require the use of materials
  • Lists by grade of materials that may be used to administer testlets to students who are blind or have visual impairments. Some ELA testlets are special forms designed for these students, while others are general testlets that have been adapted to make them accessible for students who are blind or have visual impairments.

 

Grade 3

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

any writing tools the student uses in regular instruction
associated pictures used in shared reading
examples of informational topics such as a person, place, or object used during instruction
five new objects
four familiar objects that can be easily removed from the student’s view
four selected objects
four unfamiliar objects
one bag with handles
one bag with zippers
one book with pages, pictures, and a front
one boot with shoestrings
one crayon with a tip
one different familiar object used in shared reading
one highlighter with a tip and cap
one long-sleeved shirt with buttons
one magazine
one milk carton with a straw
one mitten with a thumb
one object that relates to a dog
one pair of gloves with thumbs
one pen that has a point
one photograph of a familiar person
one photograph of a familiar place
one purse with straps, zippers, and pockets
one sun visor cap with a visor and adjustable straps
one sweatshirt with a hood, pockets, and a zipper
one symbol representing an action associated with cleanup time
one symbol representing an action associated with school
one symbol representing an action associated with shopping
one teacher chair
resource materials used in shared reading and during instruction
three different familiar objects
two backpacks with handles
two backpacks with straps, zippers, and pockets
two baseball hats with a visor and adjustable straps
two books with pages and words
two coats with a zipper, sleeves, pockets, and a hood
two familiar objects that belong to the student
two familiar, identical objects
two jackets with a hood, pockets, and a zipper
two juice boxes with straws
two markers with a tip and cap
two newspapers with pages, pictures, and a front
two notebooks
two pairs of identical objects
two pairs of similar, but not identical objects
two pencils with a point
two photographs of an unfamiliar person
two photographs of an unfamiliar place
two shoes with shoestrings
two short-sleeved shirts with buttons
two sneakers
two student chairs
two toy cars
two toy school buses

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets for Students Who Are Blind or Have Visual Impairments

four tactually different objects
one backpack or tactile graphic of a backpack
one bag or tactile graphic of a bag
one box or tactile graphic of a box
one brush
one chair or tactile graphic of a chair
one piece of clothing or tactile graphic of clothing
one shoe
one shoe or tactile graphic of a shoe
one stuffed animal
one symbolic representation of a brush
one symbolic representation of a shoe
one symbolic representation of a stuffed animal
three familiar objects that belong to the student
three new objects
two familiar, identical objects
two pairs of tactually identical objects
two pairs of tactually similar objects
two unfamiliar objects

Grade 4

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

any writing tools the student uses in regular instruction
eight notecards
examples of informational topics used in shared reading
four different objects
four selected items
four unfamiliar objects
one notecard or other letter card with the first letter of the student's name written in lowercase
one notecard or other letter card with the first letter of the student's name written in uppercase
one object or picture in the book category
one photograph of a familiar person
one photograph of a familiar place
three objects or pictures that are associated with the clothes category
three objects or pictures that are not associated with the clothes category
three objects or pictures that are not associated with the hat category 
three objects or pictures that are not associated with the money category 
three objects or pictures that are not in the book category
three objects or pictures that belong to the hat category
three objects or pictures that belong to the money category
two familiar objects that belong to the student
two familiar objects used in shared reading
two familiar, identical objects
two pairs of identical objects
two pairs of similar, but not identical objects
two photographs of an unfamiliar person
two photographs of an unfamiliar place

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets for Students Who Are Blind or Have Visual Impairments

four different objects
one backpack or backpack represented in a tactile graphic
one bag with a handle
one block or block represented in a tactile graphic
one book or book represented in a tactile graphic
one chair or chair represented in a tactile graphic
one familiar, identical object
one hat or hat represented in a tactile graphic
one pair of pants with a pocket
one pillow or pillow represented in a tactile graphic
one shirt or shirt represented in a tactile graphic
one shoe or shoe represented in a tactile graphic
one shoe with a shoelace
one sock or sock represented in a tactile graphic
one toothbrush or toothbrush represented in a tactile graphic
one towel or towel represented in a tactile graphic
three familiar objects that belong to the student
three unfamiliar objects
two pairs of tactually identical objects
two pairs of tactually similar objects

Grade 5

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

any writing tools the student uses in regular instruction
examples of informational topics about the student's personal experiences
five pairs of familiar, identical objects
four selected objects
four unfamiliar objects
one coat
one crayon
one cup
one hat
one jacket that has a hood, sleeves, and a zipper
one marker
one mitten
one pen
one photograph of a familiar person
one photograph of a familiar place
one piece of clay
one piece of paper
one scarf
one sweater
tape
three different familiar objects that belong to the student
three objects or pictures that are associated with the clothes category
three objects or pictures that are associated with the cups category
three objects or pictures that are not associated with the clothes category
three objects or pictures that are not associated with the cups category
three pairs of similar, but not identical, objects that are the same except for one property
two non-preferred objects
two photographs of an unfamiliar person
two photographs of an unfamiliar place
two preferred objects
two coats that have a hood, sleeves, and a zipper
two familiar objects that have been used in shared reading

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets for Students Who Are Blind or Have Visual Impairments

one bowl or picture of a bowl
one box or picture of a box
one chair or picture of a chair
one clock or picture of a clock
one coat or tactile graphic of a coat
one glove or picture of a glove
one shirt or tactile graphic of a shirt
one shoe or picture of a shoe
one sock or picture of a sock
one table or picture of a table
one unfamiliar object
three familiar objects

Grade 6

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

any objects the student uses to ask questions
any objects the student uses to eat lunch
any objects the student uses to make a list
any objects the student uses to pack a bag
any objects the student uses to put away their backpack
any objects the student uses to read a book
any objects the student uses to say goodbye
any objects the student uses to wash their hands
any writing tools the student uses in regular instruction
examples of informational topics used during instruction
nine notecards
one ball
one book
one bowl
one drum
one flower
one jacket with a zipper
one letter card or notecard with a letter that does not appear in the student's name
one paintbrush
one pair of identical objects
one pair of shoes
one pencil
one photograph of a familiar person
one photograph of a familiar place
one shoe with laces
one slipper
one symbolic representation of an action associated with cleanup time
one symbolic representation of an action associated with lunch time
one symbolic representation of an action associated with recess
one symbolic representation of an action associated with school
one symbolic representation of an action associated with study time
one symbolic representation of an action associated with washing hands
one letter card or notecard with the first letter of the student's name
paint
resource material (e.g., an informational text, an informational poster, digital sources)
three familiar objects that belong to the student
three objects from the familiar arrival to school routine
three objects from the familiar eating routine
three objects from the familiar getting ready for school routine
three objects from the familiar packing a backpack routine
three objects from the familiar packing a bag routine
three objects or pictures not of a shoe
three objects or pictures that are not associated with the clothes category
three objects or pictures that belong to the clothes category
three objects or pictures that belong to the shoe category
three pairs of similar, but not identical, objects that are the same except for one property
two familiar objects used in shared reading
two photographs of an unfamiliar person
two photographs of an unfamiliar place
two pieces of paper
two unfamiliar objects

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets for Students Who Are Blind or Have Visual Impairments

four tactually different objects
one bag or bag represented in a tactile graphic
one ball
one blanket
one block
one book
one piece of chalk
one piece of chalk or a dry eraser
one pillow
one shirt or shirt represented in a tactile graphic
one sock
one sock or sock represented in a tactile graphic
one symbolic representation of a ball
one symbolic representation of a blanket
one symbolic representation of a block
one symbolic representation of a book
one symbolic representation of a piece of chalk
one symbolic representation of a piece of chalk or a dry eraser
one symbolic representation of a pillow
one symbolic representation of a sock
three familiar objects that belong to the student
two pairs of tactually similar objects
two unfamiliar objects

Grade 7

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

any writing tools the student uses in regular instruction
examples of informational topics and related resource materials
five different objects
one ball
one bottle
one colored pencil
one crayon
one cup
one familiar book
one hat
one jar
one notebook
one object that can serve as a screen (i.e., bandana, box, piece of cardboard, etc.)
one paintbrush
one pen
one pencil
one piece of paper
one spoon
the person associated with answering the student's questions
the person associated with giving the student lunch
the person associated with helping the student read
the person associated with taking the student to lunch
the person associated with teaching art
three familiar objects that can be easily removed from the student's view
three familiar objects, two of which are from the same category and one that is from a different category
three objects or pictures of an animal
three objects or pictures that belong to the ball category
three objects or pictures that belong to the dishes category
three pairs of similar, but not identical, objects

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets for Students Who Are Blind or Have Visual Impairments

one backpack or backpack represented in a tactile graphic
one bag
one ball
one blanket or blanket represented in a tactile graphic
one book
one bottle
one brush
one crayon
one hat
one jar
one marker
one notebook
one pencil
one plate
one sock
one sock or sock represented in a tactile graphic
one symbolic representation of a bag
one symbolic representation of a ball
one symbolic representation of a book
one symbolic representation of a bottle
one symbolic representation of a brush
one symbolic representation of a crayon
one symbolic representation of a hat
one symbolic representation of a jar
one symbolic representation of a marker
one symbolic representation of a notebook
one symbolic representation of a pencil
one symbolic representation of a plate
one symbolic representation of a sock
three objects or objects represented in a tactile graphic

Grade 8

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

any writing tools the student uses in regular instruction
examples of informational topics used during instruction
one backpack
one book
one flashlight
one object for brushing teeth
one object for doing homework
one object for eating
one object for getting ready for school
one object for going outside
one object for packing a backpack
one object for waking up
one object for washing hands
one object for writing
one object not for brushing teeth
one object not for doing homework
one object not for eating
one object not for getting ready for school
one object not for going outside
one object not for packing a backpack
one object not for waking up
one object not for washing hands
one object not for writing
one object or picture from the dish category
one object or picture in the clothes category
one object or picture not in the clothes category
one object or picture not in the dish category
one object used for eating
one pair of sunglasses
one pen
one pencil
one ruler
ten notecards
the person associated with taking the student to lunch
the person associated with teaching the student English
the person associated with teaching the student music
three familiar objects from a familiar routine, two of which are from a first routine and one that is from a second routine
three pairs of similar, but not identical, objects
two dishes
two hats
two pieces of clothing

Grades 9–10

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

any writing tools the student uses in regular instruction
examples of informational topics used during instruction
four objects or pictures from the farm animals subgroup
nine notecards
one notecard with any letter not in student's first name
one notecard with first letter of student's first name
one symbolic representation for an action associated with art class
one symbolic representation for an action associated with game time
one symbolic representation for an action associated with lunch time
one symbolic representation for an action associated with school time
one symbolic representation for an action associated with the classroom
one symbolic representation for an action associated with the library
resource materials used during instruction
three objects from a familiar eating routine
three objects from a familiar studying routine
three objects or pictures from the clothes category
three objects or pictures from the dishes category
three objects or pictures from the worker category
three objects or pictures not from the clothes category
three objects or pictures not from the dishes category
three objects or pictures not from the worker category
three objects or pictures that are not from the clothes category
two objects or pictures from the notebooks group
two objects or pictures from the writing utensils group
two objects or pictures from the zoo animals subgroup

Grades 11–12

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

any symbolic representations for an action associated with being in snow
any symbolic representations for an action associated with going outside
any symbolic representations for an action associated with going to the park
any symbolic representations for an action associated with library time
any symbolic representations for an action associated with reading a book
any symbolic representations for an action associated with washing hands
any writing tools the student uses in regular instruction
examples of informational topics used during instruction
fifteen notecards
one notecard with any letter not in student's first name
one notecard with first letter of student's first name
one symbolic representation of an action associated with homework time
one symbolic representation of an action associated with movie time
one symbolic representation of an action associated with talking on the phone
resource materials that include some vocabulary words used in instruction
three familiar objects from a familiar routine, two of which are from a first routine and one that is from a second routine
three objects from the hand washing routine
three objects or pictures from the money category
three objects or pictures from the plant category
three objects or pictures not from the money category
three objects or pictures not from the plant category