Educator Resource Page IE

for Arkansas, Missouri, and North Dakota

Welcome to the new school year! The Instructional Tools Interface in Educator Portal has been replaced with the Instruction and Assessment Planner.  Using the Instruction and Assessment Planner, teachers will now make Essential Element and linkage level selections for student instruction and assessment in BOTH the fall and spring assessment windows. The fall window runs from mid-September to mid-December and the spring window runs from early February to mid-May. Blueprint coverage should be met in both the fall and spring windows. A student’s summative score will continue to be based on performance in both the fall and spring windows as in previous years.

Educator resources are organized by subject. Select an icon below to display resources for English language arts or mathematics.

English Language Arts


Learning Map Resources

Initial and Distal Precursor Extended Descriptions for Mathematics and ELA 
This is a resource that provides teachers with detailed descriptions for the Initial and Distal linkage levels for each Essential Element. The tool also includes instructional information, visuals (mathematics), and links to familiar texts (ELA).

Guide to Practice Activities and Released Testlets (pdf) 

Essential Elements

Familiar Texts


DLM presents an instructional resource called "Anchor-Read-Apply" which assists in teaching students to comprehend text through listening or reading. Three learning modules here will help you learn to use the Anchor-Read-Apply resource, and additional documents (grade-level Anchor-Read-Apply Lesson Supports) offer specific lesson ideas linked to each of the DLM Essential Elements in Reading Literature and Reading Information Text.

Accessing DLM Familiar Texts

Familiar texts used in DLM assessments are shared through Tar Heel Reader. Tar Heel Reader is a library of open-source, accessible, texts for individuals with disabilities of all ages. This page links directly to books used in DLM English language arts assessments. Find books by selecting Grade and Title. The link will take you to the book in Tar Heel Reader. Tar Heel Reader has been designed to allow students to use a variety of alternative access methods. More information about accessing Tar Heel Reader is available on its website. When you are on the title page of a book in Tar Heel Reader, you may click the settings icon at the top right of the screen to download PowerPoint or EPUB versions of the books.

The links on this page go directly to books used in DLM assessments. Familiar texts are used in all Initial Precursor level testlets and in some other linkage levels for some Essential Elements. These books have been developed using DLM text development guidelines adopted by DLM states; however, please note that Tar Heel Reader is a large, open-source library of books. Books are contributed to the site by teachers, students, parents, and others from all over the world. There are books on the site that are inappropriate for some audiences. Reviewers do their best to make sure these books are marked with the CAUTION. As a result, students should NOT be sent independently to the Tar Heel Reader site. Teachers can avoid books that they might find offensive by limiting their search to books that are “Reviewed Only” and “Rated E/Everybody.”

Information about DLM source books can be found in the Dynamic Learning Maps ELA Source Books document.

Grade 3

    •  About grade 3 familiar texts

Henry and Mudge

My Father's Dragon

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

Grade 4

    •  About grade 4 familiar texts

The Birchbark House

Bud, Not Buddy

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Grade 5

    •  About grade 5 familiar texts


Tuck Everlasting

The Secret Garden

Grade 6

    •  About grade 6 familiar texts

Anne of Green Gables


Little Women

Grade 7

    •  About grade 7 familiar texts

Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of The Iliad


The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Grade 8

    •  About grade 8 familiar texts


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Touching Spirit Bear

Grade 9–10

    •  About grades 9–10 familiar texts

All Creatures Great and Small

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Miracle Worker

Grade 11–12

    •  About grades 11–12 familiar texts

A White Heron

My Ántonia

The Great Gatsby

Released Testlets and Sample Testlet Information Pages

Linkage Level Released Testlet
Initial Precursor ELA.RI.3.2.IP
Distal Precursor ELA.RI.6.8.DP
Proximal Precursor ELA.RL.11-12.1.PP
Target ELA.RI.5.8.T
Successor ELA.RI.3.8.S
Sample Testlet Information Pages

About Testlet Information Pages (pdf)
an overview of TIPs
Released Testlets for At-Home Instruction
Instructional Resource for Parents and Educators