English Language Arts Materials Collections for Year-End States

2022-23 Instructionally Embedded Window: Year-End Model

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Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) testlets sometimes call for the use of specific materials. The Testlet Information Page (TIP) for each testlet identifies these materials. Sometimes materials are required and cannot be substituted, but substitutions are allowed in most cases. If a testlet required materials, the TIP will state the specific materials mentioned in the testlet and describe their attributes so that test administrators may find appropriate substitutions. For more information about substituting materials, see the Test Administration Manual titled "Prepare to Administer a Testlet" and "Teacher-Administered Testlets".

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. This gives teachers the ability to identify some 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. That way, the most useful materials are familiar to the student and available before the teacher begins assigning testlets in the Instruction and Assessment Planner.

To give test administrators more opportunities to prepare for the ELA alternate assessment prior to the opening of the assessment window, DLM staff have compiled a list of materials commonly needed in ELA testlets. The tables in this document summarize the 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.
  • First and foremost, your student’s safety should be the primary concern when choosing materials or substitutions.
Example Materials Description Possible Solution
Two books and one magazine, all of which have pages, words, and a cover Two objects that belong to the same subgroup (e.g., two backpacks) and a third object that belongs to a different subgroup within the broader category (e.g., one purse from the broader category of bags).
The person associated with teaching the student art. The person associated with a different familiar routine (e.g., person that teaches reading).

The following information is contained in the accordions below:
  • Lists by grade of common materials used in ELA testlets that require the use of materials
  • Lists by grade of common 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 students who are blind or have visual impairments, while others are general testlets that have been adapted to make them accessible.

 

Grade 3

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • one pair of gloves with thumbs
  • one pen that has a point
  • one photograph of a familiar person
  • one purse with straps, zippers, and pockets
  • one school bus
  • one sun visor cap with adjustable straps
  • one sweatshirt with a hood, pockets, and 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 time
  • one teacher chair
  • one toy truck with wheels, windows, and lights
  • resource materials for the topic the student selects
  • resource materials that have been used in shared reading and during instruction
  • two backpacks that have straps, zippers, and pockets
  • two backpacks with handles
  • two baseball hats with visors and adjustable straps
  • two books that have covers, pages, pictures, and words
  • two coats with zippers, sleeves, pockets, and hoods
  • two familiar objects that have been used in shared reading and during instruction
  • two familiar, identical objects
  • two jackets with sleeves, pockets, zippers, and hoods
  • two juice boxes with straws
  • two markers with tips and caps
  • two newspapers with pages, pictures, words, and a front
  • two notebooks
  • two pairs of shoes, both of which have laces, tongues, heels, outer soles, and toes
  • two pairs of similar (but not identical) objects
  • two pencils with tips
  • two photographs of a familiar place
  • two photographs of unfamiliar people
  • two photographs of unfamiliar places
  • two short-sleeved shirts with buttons
  • two student chairs
  • two toy buses
  • two toy cars with wheels, windows, and lights

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

  • four tactually different objects
  • one backpack or backpack represented in a tactile graphic
  • one bag or bag represented in a tactile graphic
  • one box or box represented in a tactile graphic
  • one brush
  • one chair or chair represented in a tactile graphic
  • one piece of clothing or piece of clothing represented in a tactile graphic
  • one shoe or shoe represented in a tactile graphic
  • 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 (but not identical) objects
  • two unfamiliar objects
Grade 4

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • any writing tools used in regular instruction
  • examples of informational topics that have been used in shared reading and during instruction
  • five objects or pictures that are unassociated with the bags category
  • five objects or pictures that belong to the bags category
  • four different objects
  • nine selected objects
  • one notecard or other letter card with the first letter of the student's name written lowercase
  • one notecard or other letter card with the first letter of the student's name written uppercase
  • one object or picture in the book category
  • one photograph of a familiar person
  • one photograph of a familiar place
  • three different new objects
  • three objects or pictures associated with the clothes category
  • three objects or pictures not in the book 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 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 that have been used in shared reading and 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 tactually 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 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 new objects
  • two familiar, identical objects
  • two pairs of tactually identical objects
  • two pairs of tactually similar (but not identical) objects
  • two unfamiliar objects
Grade 5

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • any writing tools used in regular instruction
  • examples of informational topics about the student's personal experiences
  • five pairs of familiar, identical objects
  • four photographs of unfamiliar people
  • four unfamiliar objects
  • nine selected objects
  • one crayon
  • one hairbrush with bristles and handles
  • one hat
  • one jacket with a hood, sleeves, and a zipper
  • one marker
  • one mitten
  • one pen
  • one photograph of a familiar place
  • one piece of clay
  • one piece of paper
  • one scarf
  • one shoebox with a lid, insides, and sides
  • 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 not associated with the clothes category
  • three objects or pictures that are unassociated with the cups category
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the cups category
  • three pairs of similar (but not identical) objects that are the same except for one property
  • two coats with hoods, sleeves, and zippers
  • two familiar objects that have been used in shared reading and during instruction
  • two non-preferred objects
  • two packing boxes with lids, insides, and sides
  • two photographs of a familiar person
  • two photographs of unfamiliar places
  • two preferred objects
  • two toothbrushes

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

  • one bowl or bowl represented in a tactile graphic
  • one box or box represented in a tactile graphic
  • one chair or chair represented in a tactile graphic
  • one clock or clock represented in a tactile graphic
  • one coat or a tactile graphic of a coat
  • one glove or glove represented in a tactile graphic
  • one shirt or a tactile graphic of a shirt
  • one shoe or shoe represented in a tactile graphic
  • one sock or sock represented in a tactile graphic
  • one table or table represented in a tactile graphic
  • three familiar objects that belong to the student
  • two unfamiliar objects
Grade 6

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • any objects the student uses to ask questions
  • 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 objects the student uses to say goodbye
  • any writing tools used in regular instruction
  • examples of informational topics that have been used during instruction
  • one ball
  • one book
  • one bowl
  • one drum
  • one flower
  • one jacket
  • one letter card or notecard with a letter that does not appear in the student's name
  • one object the student uses to eat lunch
  • one object the student uses to put away their backpack
  • one object the student uses to wash their hands
  • one paintbrush
  • one pair of shoes
  • one pencil
  • one slipper
  • 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 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 notecards
  • three objects from the familiar arrival to school routine
  • three objects from the familiar getting ready for school routine
  • three objects from the familiar going outside routine, all of which should be from the same routine but have unique properties
  • 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 of a shoe
  • three objects or pictures that are unassociated with the clothes category
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the clothes category
  • three pairs of similar (but not identical) objects that are the same except for one property
  • three pairs of similar objects
  • two familiar objects that belong to the student
  • two familiar objects that have been used in shared reading and during instruction
  • two pairs of identical objects
  • two photographs of a familiar person
  • two photographs of a familiar place
  • 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 dry eraser
  • one piece of chalk
  • 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 dry eraser
  • one symbolic representation of a piece of chalk
  • 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 used in regular instruction
  • examples of informational topics and related resource materials
  • five different objects
  • one backpack
  • one ball
  • one book that matches selected pictures
  • 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
  • one symbolic representation of a ball
  • one symbolic representation of a book
  • one symbolic representation of a crayon
  • one symbolic representation of a pencil
  • one symbolic representation of a hat
  • the person associated with answering questions
  • the person associated with art
  • the person associated with lunch
  • three familiar objects that can be easily removed from the student's view
  • three objects or pictures of an animal
  • three objects or pictures that are not an animal
  • three objects or pictures that are unassociated with the ball category
  • three objects or pictures that are unassociated with the dishes category
  • 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
  • two familiar objects from same category

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 used during instruction
  • examples of informational topics used during instruction
  • one backpack
  • one book
  • one flashlight
  • one object for doing homework
  • one object for eating
  • one object for going outside
  • one object for packing a backpack
  • one object for waking up
  • one object for washing your hands
  • one object not for doing homework
  • one object not for eating
  • one object not for going outside
  • one object not for packing a backpack
  • one object not for waking up
  • one object not for washing your hands
  • one object or picture from the clothes category
  • one object or picture from the dish category
  • one object or picture not in the clothes category
  • one object or picture not in the dish category
  • one pair of sunglasses
  • one pen
  • one pencil
  • one ruler
  • ten notecards
  • the person associated with greeting the student
  • the person associated with helping the student fill out a planner
  • the person associated with helping the student pack a bag
  • the person associated with taking the student to the bus
  • the person associated with teaching the student to read
  • three different objects
  • three familiar objects, two of which are used as part of a first familiar routine that belong to a specific category and one which is from a second familiar routine that belongs to a different category
  • three pairs of similar (but not identical) objects
  • two dishes
  • two hats
  • two pieces of clothing
  • two similar objects
Grades 9–10

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • any writing tools used in regular instruction
  • examples of informational topics used during instruction
  • four objects or pictures from the farm animals category
  • 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 of an action associated with art class
  • one symbolic representation of an action associated with the classroom
  • one symbolic representation of an action associated with the library
  • resource materials used during instruction
  • three objects from the familiar studying routine
  • three objects or pictures from the zoo animals category
  • three objects or pictures in the dishes 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 unassociated with the clothes category
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the clothes category
  • three objects or pictures that belong to the worker category
  • two objects or pictures from the notebooks group
  • two objects or pictures from the writing utensils group
Grades 11–12

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • any symbolic representation of an action associated with reading a book
  • any writing tools used in regular instruction
  • examples of informational topics used during instruction
  • 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 of an action associated with being in the snow
  • one symbolic representation of an action associated with going outside
  • one symbolic representation of an action associated with going to the park
  • one symbolic representation of an action associated with library time
  • one symbolic representation of an action associated with movie time
  • one symbolic representation of an action associated with talking on the phone
  • one symbolic representation of an action associated with washing hands
  • resource materials that include some vocabulary words used in instruction
  • three familiar objects, two of which are from a first familiar routine that belong to a specific category and one that is from a second familiar routine from a different category
  • three objects from the familiar hand washing routine that have unique properties
  • 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