English Language Arts Materials Collections for Instructionally Embedded States

Spring 2022 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 sections 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 symbol representations needed that represent an action associated with cleanup time
  • any symbol representations needed that represent an action associated with game time
  • any symbol representations needed that represent an action associated with homework time
  • any symbol representations that represent an action associated with English class
  • any symbol representations that represent an action associated with library time
  • any symbol representations that represent an action associated with math class
  • any symbol representations that represent an action associated with morning meeting
  • any symbol representations that represent an action associated with recess
  • any writing tool used by the student during regular instruction
  • examples of informational topics
  • five new objects
  • four selected objects
  • one bag that has pockets, zippers, and straps
  • one coat with sleeves, pockets, and a collar
  • one colored pencil that has a tip
  • one large book with pictures
  • one magazine
  • one mitten with thumbs and a cuff
  • one notepad
  • one object that relates to kindergarten
  • one pair of eyeglasses with lenses
  • one pair of familiar, identical objects
  • one pen that has a tip and a cap
  • one photograph of a familiar place
  • one purse with straps, pockets, and zippers
  • one sun visor with a visor, closures, and sweatbands
  • one symbolic representation of an action associated with art time
  • one symbolic representation of an action associated with lunch
  • one symbolic representation of an action associated with recess
  • one textbook that has words
  • one water bottle that has an open top
  • one wide paintbrush with a handle
  • resource materials for the topic the student selects
  • resource materials used during instruction
  • three familiar objects that belong to the student
  • three familiar objects that can be easily removed from the student's view
  • two backpacks with straps, pockets, and zippers
  • two baseball hats with visors, closures, and a sweatband
  • two coats that have a hood, sleeves, and a zipper
  • two crayons that have a tip
  • two cups that have an open top
  • two familiar, identical objects
  • two gloves with thumbs and a cuff
  • two jackets that have zippers, pockets, sleeves, and a hood
  • two jackets with sleeves, pockets, and collars
  • two markers that have a tip and a cap
  • two notebooks
  • two pairs of identical objects
  • two pairs of similar (but not identical) objects
  • two pairs of sunglasses with lenses
  • two photographs of a familiar person
  • two photographs of unfamiliar people
  • two photographs of unfamiliar places
  • two picture books that have words
  • two regular pencils that have an eraser
  • two small books with pictures
  • two small paintbrushes with handles
  • two unfamiliar objects

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

  • five familiar objects that belong to the student
  • four tactually different objects
  • one backpack or backpack represented in a tactile graphic
  • one blanket
  • one book or book represented in a tactile graphic
  • one bus stop sign or bus stop sign represented in a tactile graphic
  • one cup or cup represented in a tactile graphic
  • one pair of familiar identical objects
  • one pillow
  • one sock
  • one symbolic representation of a blanket
  • one symbolic representation of a pillow
  • one symbolic representation of a sock
  • one toy bus or bus represented in a tactile graphic
  • three new objects
  • three unfamiliar objects
  • two pairs of tactually identical objects
  • two pairs of tactually similar objects
Grade 4

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • any writing tools used by the student in regular instruction
  • examples of informational topics used during instruction
  • five objects or pictures that are unassociated with the clothes category
  • five objects or pictures that belong to the clothes category
  • four different objects
  • nine selected objects
  • one letter card or notecard with the first letter of the student's name written lowercase
  • one letter card or notecard with the first letter of the student's name written uppercase
  • one photograph of a familiar person
  • one photograph of a familiar place
  • three familiar objects that belong to the student
  • three new objects
  • three objects or pictures that are unassociated with the dishes category
  • three objects or pictures that are unassociated with the hat category
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the cup category
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the dishes category
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the hat category
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the money category
  • three objects or pictures unassociated with the cup category
  • three objects or pictures unassociated with the money category
  • two familiar, identical objects
  • two or more familiar objects used during instruction
  • two pairs of identical objects
  • two pairs of similar (but not identical) objects
  • two photographs of unfamiliar people
  • two photographs of unfamiliar places
  • two unfamiliar objects

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

  • four different objects
  • one bandage or bandage represented in a tactile graphic
  • one blanket or blanket represented in a tactile graphic
  • one broom or broom represented in a tactile graphic
  • one chair with legs
  • one clothespin with a metal spring
  • one eraser or eraser represented in a tactile graphic
  • one hat or hat represented in a tactile graphic
  • one notebook or notebook represented in a tactile graphic
  • one pair of pants or pants represented in a tactile graphic
  • one pencil or pencil represented in a tactile graphic
  • one ruler or ruler represented in a tactile graphic
  • one shoe or shoe represented in a tactile graphic
  • one spoon with a handle
  • one toothbrush or toothbrush represented in a tactile graphic
  • 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 5

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • any writing tools used by the student during instruction
  • examples of informational topics about the student's personal experiences
  • four unfamiliar objects
  • nine selected objects
  • one ball
  • one book
  • one bottle of glue
  • one cup
  • one desk
  • one fork
  • one girl
  • one jacket that has a hood, sleeves, and zipper
  • one napkin
  • one paintbrush
  • one pencil
  • one photograph of a familiar place
  • one plate
  • one shoe
  • one spoon
  • one toy truck that has wheels, doors, windows, roofs, and headlights or taillights
  • three different objects
  • three familiar objects that belong to the student
  • three objects or pictures that are unassociated with the clothes category
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the clothes category
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the food category
  • three objects or pictures unassociated with the food category
  • three pairs of familiar, identical objects
  • three preferred objects
  • three pairs of similar (but not identical) objects that are the same except for one property
  • two coats that have a hood, sleeves, and zipper
  • two familiar objects used during instruction
  • two non-preferred objects
  • two photographs of a familiar person
  • two photographs of unfamiliar people
  • two photographs of unfamiliar places
  • two toy cars that have wheels, doors, windows, roofs, and headlights or taillights

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

  • one ball or ball graphic
  • one book or book graphic
  • one boot or boot graphic
  • one box or box graphic
  • one cup or cup graphic
  • one hairbrush or hairbrush graphic
  • one hat or hat graphic
  • one pencil or pencil graphic
  • one shirt or shirt graphic
  • one toy car or car graphic
  • one toy cat or cat graphic
  • one toy house or house graphic
  • three familiar objects that belong to the student
  • three objects or object graphics
  • two unfamiliar objects
Grade 6

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • any objects the student uses to make a list
  • any objects the student uses to pack a bag
  • any objects the student uses to read a book
  • any symbolic representations of an action associated with art class
  • any symbolic representations of an action associated with class time
  • any symbolic representations of an action associated with recess
  • any writing tools used by the student in regular instruction
  • examples of informational topics used during instruction
  • fifteen notecards
  • five different objects
  • five pairs of similar (but not identical) objects that are the same except for one property
  • nine notecards displaying answer options
  • objects the student uses to eat lunch
  • objects the student uses to turn in homework
  • objects the student uses to wash hands
  • one ball
  • one book
  • one familiar object that belongs to the student
  • one flower
  • one jacket with a zipper
  • one newspaper
  • one notecard with any letter not in student's first name
  • one notecard with first letter of student's first name
  • one photograph of a familiar person
  • one photograph of a familiar place
  • one shoe
  • one slipper
  • one toy animal
  • paper money
  • resource materials
  • three familiar objects
  • three objects from the familiar lunchtime routine that have unique properties
  • three objects from the familiar packing a backpack routine that have unique properties
  • three objects from the familiar routine about writing, all of which have unique properties
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the clothing category
  • three objects or pictures unassociated with the clothing category
  • two familiar objects used during instruction
  • two pairs of identical objects
  • two photographs of an unfamiliar person
  • two photographs of an unfamiliar place
  • two unfamiliar objects

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

  • one bag
  • one ball
  • one blanket
  • one book
  • one bowl
  • one brush
  • one chalkboard eraser or dry eraser
  • one napkin or napkin represented in a tactile graphic
  • one pair of tactually identical objects
  • one plate or plate represented in a tactile graphic
  • one shirt
  • one shoe
  • one spoon or spoon represented in a tactile graphic
  • one symbolic representation of a bag
  • one symbolic representation of a ball
  • one symbolic representation of a blanket
  • one symbolic representation of a book
  • one symbolic representation of a bowl
  • one symbolic representation of a brush
  • one symbolic representation of a chalkboard eraser or dry eraser
  • one symbolic representation of a shirt
  • one symbolic representation of a shoe
  • three familiar objects that belong to the student
  • three tactually different objects
  • two pairs of tactually similar (but not identical) objects
  • two unfamiliar objects
Grade 7

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • any writing tools used by the student in regular instruction
  • examples of informational topics and related resource materials
  • five objects or pictures that belong to the ball category
  • five objects or pictures that do not belong to the ball category
  • five objects that can be acted upon in an expected way
  • five pairs of similar (but not identical) objects that are the same except for one property
  • one backpack
  • one ball
  • one book
  • one coffee cup
  • one crayon
  • one cup
  • one dollar bill
  • one glove
  • one hat
  • one hat that matches selected pictures in the story
  • one jar
  • one object that can serve as a screen (i.e., bandana, box, piece of cardboard, etc.)
  • one paintbrush
  • one pen
  • one pencil
  • one person associated with helping the student write
  • one person associated with taking the student to recess
  • one spoon
  • the person associated with giving the student lunch
  • the person associated with reading to the student
  • the person associated with teaching the student art
  • the person associated with teaching the student physical education
  • the person associated with visiting the nurse
  • three familiar objects related to the topic of a familiar book, two of which are from the same category and one that is from a different category
  • three familiar objects that can be easily removed from the student’s view
  • three objects or pictures not of a sport
  • three objects or pictures of a sport
  • three objects or pictures that are unassociated with the art supplies category
  • three objects or pictures that are unassociated with the cup category
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the art supplies category
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the cup category

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

  • one marker
  • one vase
  • one notebook
  • one book
  • one bowl
  • one symbolic representation of a marker
  • one symbolic representation of a vase
  • one symbolic representation of a notebook
  • one symbolic representation of a book
  • one symbolic representation of a bowl
Grade 8

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • any writing tools used during instruction
  • eight notecards displaying answer options
  • examples of informational topics used during instruction
  • five pairs of similar (but not identical) objects that are the same except for one property
  • five different objects
  • one backpack
  • one book
  • one comb
  • one cup
  • one fork
  • one hat
  • one napkin
  • one object needed to complete doing classwork
  • one object needed to complete eating
  • one object needed to complete packing your backpack
  • one object needed to complete reading
  • one object needed to complete washing your face
  • one object or picture that belongs to the hat category
  • one object or picture unassociated with the hat category
  • one object unassociated with packing your backpack
  • one object unassociated with classwork
  • one object unassociated with eating
  • one object unassociated with reading
  • one object unassociated with washing your face
  • one pair of sunglasses
  • one pen
  • one pencil
  • one spoon
  • one straw
  • one toothbrush
  • the person associated with checking out books
  • the person associated with teaching art class
  • the person associated with teaching music class
  • three familiar objects, two of which are used as part of a first familiar routine that belong to a specific category and one that is used as part of a second familiar routine that belongs to a different category
  • two shirts
  • two towels
Grades 9–10

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • any writing tools used by the student during instruction
  • examples of informational topics used during instruction
  • fifteen notecards
  • four objects from the farm animals subgroup
  • four objects or pictures from the shirts category
  • 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 class time
  • one symbolic representation of an action associated with library time
  • one symbolic representation of an action associated with recess
  • resource material that includes vocabulary words used during instruction
  • three objects from the familiar homework routine
  • three objects or pictures from the dishes category
  • three objects or pictures not from the cups category
  • three objects or pictures not from the dishes category
  • three objects or pictures not of a toy
  • three objects or pictures of a toy
  • three objects or pictures that are unassociated with the clothes category
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the clothes category
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the cups category
  • three or more familiar objects from a broad category of a familiar routine, two of which come from one subgroup and one that comes from a second subgroup
  • two objects from the zoo animals subgroup
  • two objects or pictures from the shoes category
Grades 11–12

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • a notecard with any letter not in student's first name
  • a notecard with first letter of student's first name
  • any symbol representations needed that represent an action associated with getting the mail
  • any symbol representations needed that represent an action associated with greeting a friend
  • any symbol representations needed that represent an action associated with library time
  • any symbol representations needed that represent an action associated with making a phone call
  • any symbol representations needed that represent an action associated with PE class
  • any symbol representations needed that represent an action associated with washing your hands
  • any symbolic representation of an action associated with class time
  • any symbolic representation of an action associated with field trips
  • any symbolic representation of an action associated with shopping time
  • any writing tools used in regular instruction
  • examples of informational topics used during instruction
  • nine notecards
  • three familiar objects, two of which are from a familiar routine that belong to a specific category and one from a second familiar routine that belongs to a different specific category
  • three objects from a familiar shopping routine with a unique property
  • three objects or pictures from the cups category
  • three objects or pictures that are not from the cups category
  • three objects or pictures that are unassociated with the farm animal category
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the farm animal category
  • two or more resource materials that include some vocabulary words used in instruction