English Language Arts Materials Collections for Year-End States

2022 Year-End Model Spring Assessment Window

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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 Retrieve the Testlet Information Page and Gather Materials.

Since the DLM assessment system uses adaptive delivery to assign a linkage level for each testlet, the TIP is provided when each testlet is assigned. That means the materials needed in order to assess each student are unknown before the spring assessment window opens.

The list below contains materials commonly needed in English language arts testlets and gives test administrators more opportunity to prepare for the ELA alternate assessment before the assessment 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 associated with English class
  • any symbol representations associated with library time
  • any symbol representations associated with math class
  • any symbol representations associated with morning meeting
  • any symbol representations associated with recess
  • 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
  • examples of informational topics
  • five familiar objects belonging to the student
  • five new objects
  • four selected objects
  • one bag with pockets, zippers, and straps
  • one coat with a collar
  • one coat with zippers, pockets, and a hood
  • one magazine
  • one notepad
  • one pair of familiar identical objects
  • one pen with a cap and a tip
  • one photograph of a familiar place
  • one purse with straps
  • one purse with zippers
  • 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
  • resource materials for the topic the student selects
  • three familiar objects easily removed from the student's view
  • two backpacks with pockets, zippers, and straps
  • two books
  • two familiar identical objects
  • two jackets with collars
  • two jackets with zippers, pockets, and hoods
  • two jackets with zippers, sleeves, and hoods
  • two markers with a cap and a tip
  • two notebooks
  • two pairs of identical objects
  • two pairs of similar (not identical) objects
  • two photographs of a familiar person
  • two photographs of an unfamiliar person
  • two photographs of unfamiliar places
  • two unfamiliar objects
  • writing tools used by the student during regular instruction

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

  • five familiar objects belonging to the student
  • one backpack or backpack represented in a tactile graphic
  • one bus stop sign or bus stop sign represented in a tactile graphic
  • one toy bus or toy bus represented in a tactile graphic
  • three new objects
  • two familiar identical objects
  • two pairs of tactually identical objects
  • two pairs of tactually similar (not identical) objects
  • two unfamiliar objects
Grade 4

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • examples of informational topics used during instruction
  • four different objects
  • four 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 belonging to the student
  • three objects or pictures belonging to the cup category
  • three objects or pictures unassociated with the cup category
  • two or more familiar objects used during instruction
  • two pairs of identical objects
  • two pairs of similar (not identical) objects
  • two photographs of unfamiliar people
  • two photographs of unfamiliar places
  • two unfamiliar objects
  • writing tools used by the student during regular instruction

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

  • four tactually 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 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 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 belonging to the student
  • two pairs of tactually identical objects
  • two pairs of tactually similar (not identical) objects
  • two unfamiliar objects
Grade 5

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • five cups
  • five forks
  • five napkins
  • five plates
  • five spoons
  • four selected objects
  • one familiar object belonging to the student
  • one photograph of a familiar person
  • one photograph of a familiar place
  • 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

  • one boot or boot graphic
  • one cup or cup graphic
  • one hat or hat 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 make a list
  • any objects the student uses to meet someone new
  • 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
  • examples of informational topics used during instruction
  • five different objects
  • 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 flower
  • one jacket
  • 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 shoe
  • one slipper
  • paper money
  • resource materials
  • three objects from a familiar eating routine with unique properties
  • three objects from a familiar packing a backpack routine with three unique properties (e.g., color, size, shape, texture)
  • three objects needed to perform an action
  • three objects or pictures belonging to the clothing category
  • three objects or pictures unassociated with the clothing category
  • three pairs of two similar (not identical) objects
  • two familiar objects used during instruction
  • two pairs of identical objects
  • writing tools used by the student during regular instruction

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

  • four tactually different objects
  • one bag
  • one book
  • one bowl
  • one brush
  • one napkin or napkin represented in a tactile graphic
  • 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 book
  • one symbolic representation of a bowl
  • one symbolic representation of a brush
  • one symbolic representation of a shirt
  • one symbolic representation of a shoe
  • three objects or objects represented in a tactile graphic
  • two pairs of tactually identical objects
  • two pairs of tactually similar (not identical) objects
Grade 7

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • examples of informational topics and related resource materials
  • five objects or pictures belonging to the ball category
  • five objects or pictures unassociated with the ball category
  • five objects that can be acted upon in an expected way
  • one ball
  • one book
  • one crayon
  • one cup
  • one one-dollar bill
  • one familiar book used during instruction
  • one glove
  • one hat
  • one object that serves as a screen (i.e., bandana, box, piece of cardboard, etc.)
  • one paintbrush
  • one pen
  • one pencil
  • one spoon
  • three familiar objects easily removed from the student’s view
  • three objects or pictures belonging to the cup category
  • three objects or pictures not of a sport
  • three objects or pictures of a sport
  • three objects or pictures belonging to the art supplies category
  • three objects or pictures unassociated with the art supplies category
  • three objects or pictures unassociated with the cup category
  • two familiar objects belonging to the same category
  • writing tools used by the student during regular instruction

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

  • one bag
  • one book
  • one bowl
  • one cup
  • one one-dollar bill
  • one jar
  • one marker
  • one notebook
  • one paintbrush
  • one pencil
  • one ribbon
  • one symbolic representation of a bag
  • one symbolic representation of a book
  • one symbolic representation of a bowl
  • one symbolic representation of a cup
  • one symbolic representation of a one-dollar bill
  • one symbolic representation of a jar
  • one symbolic representation of a marker
  • one symbolic representation of a notebook
  • one symbolic representation of a paintbrush
  • one symbolic representation of a pencil
  • one symbolic representation of a ribbon
  • one symbolic representation of a vase
  • one symbolic representation of a whistle
  • one vase
  • one whistle
Grade 8

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • examples of informational topics used during instruction
  • five pairs of similar (not identical) objects that are the same except for one property
  • five different objects
  • one backpack
  • one comb
  • one cup
  • one fork
  • one fork
  • one napkin
  • one object needed to complete classwork
  • one object needed to pack your backpack
  • one object needed to wash your face
  • one object unassociated with packing your backpack
  • one object unassociated with completing classwork
  • one object unassociated with washing your face
  • one pair of sunglasses
  • one pen
  • one spoon
  • one straw
  • one toothbrush
  • person associated with checking out books
  • person associated with teaching art class
  • person associated with teaching music class
  • three different objects
  • three familiar objects from a familiar routine, two of which come from a first category and one is from a second category
  • writing tools used during instruction
Grades 9–10

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • examples of informational topics used during instruction
  • fifteen notecards
  • four objects or pictures from the shirts category
  • one notecard with any letter not in the 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
  • six objects or pictures from the animals category, four of which come from the farm animals subgroup and two of which come from the zoo animals subgroup
  • three familiar objects from a familiar routine, two of which are from a first subgroup and one that is from a second subgroup
  • three notecards displaying answer options
  • three objects or pictures from the cups category
  • three objects or pictures not from the cups category
  • three objects or pictures not of a toy
  • three objects or pictures of a toy
  • two objects or pictures from the shoes category
  • writing tools used by the student during regular instruction
Grades 11–12

Common Materials Used to Administer Testlets

  • any symbol representations needed that represent an action associated with greeting a friend
  • any symbol representations needed that represent an action associated with making a phone call
  • any symbol representations needed that represent an action associated with washing your hands
  • examples of informational topics used during instruction
  • five objects or pictures belonging to the farm animal category
  • five objects or pictures unassociated with the farm animal category
  • nine notecards
  • one notecard with any letter not in student's first name
  • one notecard with first letter of student's first name
  • three familiar objects, two of which are from a first familiar routine and one from a second familiar routine
  • three objects or pictures belonging to the cups category
  • three objects or pictures not belonging to the cups category
  • two or more resource materials that include vocabulary words used in instruction
  • writing tools used by the student during regular instruction