Test Updates

Learn Helpful Testing Tips by Visiting the Educator Resource Videos Page Thu, November 14, 2019

Many of you have already begun using instructionally embedded assessments in the 2019-2020 fall window. However, for those of you who are just now getting ready to begin using the Instruction and Assessment Planner, the Educator Resource Videos page is a great place to find quick and informative videos that answer many questions about the Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) alternate assessment, Kite® Student Portal, and Educator Portal. Many of the videos are less than five minutes long and provide valuable information on topics such as

  • using Kite Student Portal and Educator Portal,
  • using the Instruction and Assessment Planner,
  • training about the Personal Learning Profile, and
  • verifying rosters and student data.

At this time of year, users who are not familiar with the Instruction and Assessment Planner will benefit from the video titled “Using the Instruction and Assessment Planner.”

The videos listed on this page serve as a quick start guide by providing walkthroughs on several topics that are frequently visited by users.

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

Kite and Safe Exam Browser Updates Tue, October 15, 2019

In response to feedback from the field, the new Kite release now supports iOS 10.3.

We have also been notified that if you use Safe Exam Browser (SEB) on a Mac for non-Kite purposes, you may experience Kite Student Portal launching and asking for an administrator password when opening the SEB configuration file. This is because the Mac is using Kite as the default application for the file type. To change this you need to close the password administrator popup and close Kite using the “Close Kite” button. Instead of double clicking to open the file you will need to right click on the SEB configuration file and choose to open the file with Safe Exam Browser.

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

Reminder to Complete Security Agreement in Educator Portal Thu, October 03, 2019

As a reminder, the security agreement in Kite® Educator Portal expires in August each year and must be renewed before administering testlets. These terms are an important part of maintaining the integrity of testlet administration and safeguarding secure assessment materials.

Users who have already read the security agreement and agreed to the terms are not required to take any further action.

For users signing on to Educator Portal for the first time, the security agreement will appear automatically. Users must read and agree to the security agreement before proceeding. Please note that the answer option defaults on the Do Not Agree option.

If users have already signed in to Educator Portal and did not sign and agree to the security agreement, it may be accessed at any time by navigating to My Profile and selecting the Security Agreement tab.

Users with the role of Teacher must agree to and sign the security agreement before they can perform any of the functions associated with assessment administration.

For additional information, please consult the section Manage User Account of the Educator Portal User Guide found under the Manuals and Blueprints tab on your state’s webpage.

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

Year-End Trainings for 2019-2020 Available on the DLM Website Fri, September 13, 2019

Year-End District Training

The Year-End Model District Training for 2019-2020 has been updated on the District Staff Training Resources page. District training now combines what was previously the Assessment Coordinator, Data Management, and Technology Specifications trainings into one module. A link to this page can be found under the Resources for Educators and District Staff tab on your state’s webpage of the Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) website. After completion of this training, you may sign up for an optional Q&A session this fall.

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

DLM Instructionally Embedded Fall Window Now Open Tue, September 10, 2019

The Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) Instructionally Embedded fall testing window has opened for the 2019-20 academic year. New this year, the Instruction and Assessment Planner in Educator Portal will be used to create plans for students and assign testlets for states that are participating.  Before creating a plan for each student, test administrators must complete the following steps:

  • Complete the Required Test Administrator Training with a passing score
  • Sign the security agreement
  • Ensure the correct students are rostered to the test administrator for each subject for which they are responsible
  • Complete and submit the First Contact survey for each student
  • Edit and submit the Personal Needs and Preferences (PNP) Profile for each student

Test Administrators can find a helpful checklist detailing the critical steps to follow for Instructionally Embedded Assessments in the Checklists for Test Administrators section of the Test Administration Manual, found on each state’s web page.

Test administrators will find step-by-step guidance with accompanying screen shots on how to use the Instruction and Assessment Planner in the Educator Portal User Guide and the Educator Resource Video Using the Instruction and Assessment Planner.

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

Updated Manuals and Trainings for 2019-2020 Available on the DLM Website Mon, August 12, 2019

Manuals

All Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) manuals have been updated for the 2019-2020 school year and are available on your state’s DLM webpage. These resources are valuable in helping educators and other staff prepare for DLM assessments. In the first few pages of each manual, a “What’s New in this Version?” section provides an overview of topics that have been added and/or enhanced in the updated version.

District Training

The Instructionally Embedded Model District Training for 2019-20 has been updated on the District Staff Training Resources page. District training now combines what was previously the Assessment Coordinator, Data Management, and Technology Specifications trainings into one module. A link to this page can be found under the Resources for Educators and District Staff dropdown on your state’s webpage. After completion of this training, you may sign up for an optional Q&A session this fall.

Updated district training resources are available for Instructionally Embedded model states only, at this time. District training resources for Year-End or Science-Only states will be posted in September.

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

Kite Student Portal Client Version 7.0 Tue, August 06, 2019

For the 2019-20 school year, the Kite® Student Portal client has been upgraded to Version 7.0. Users must uninstall any outdated versions of Kite Student Portal from your Windows and/or Mac testing devices and install version 7.0. If you attempt to access an outdated version of Student Portal, the following message will be displayed:

Ensure you are using the latest version of Kite Suite.

If you have automatic updates enabled on your iPad or Chromebook device, the Student Portal client will automatically download and update.

Kite Student Portal and Educator Portal Unavailable 8/2 Thu, August 01, 2019

Kite® Student Portal and Educator Portal will be unavailable on Friday, August 2nd at noon CDT due to annual system updates in preparation for the new school year. ATS plans that the applications will be available the morning of Monday, August 5th. If you have any questions, contact dlm@ku.edu.

DLM Site Maintenance Tue, July 30, 2019

Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) site updates will occur this week in preparation for the new school year. Users may experience delays in accessing documents on state pages and educator resource pages, including practice activities and released testlets. If you have any questions, contact dlm@ku.edu.

Testing for 2018-2019 Comes to a Close Fri, June 07, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) alternate assessment testing has concluded for the 2018-2019 academic year! Congratulations to all 20 states who have completed testing.

DLM required test administrator training in Moodle is also closed for the 2018-2019 academic year. Users will not be able to access required test administrator training courses until they reopen for the 2019-2020 academic year.

We look forward to working with you to create another successful year in 2019-2020!

Best Regards,

DLM Staff

Why Don't I See Testlets For My Students? Wed, April 10, 2019

Is your state’s testing window open but you are not finding any testlets assigned to your students? When test administrators report that they are not able to administer testlets, verify that all tasks below have been completed:

  • The state spring assessment window is open.
  • The test administrator has completed the required training in Moodle and passed the quizzes at 80% or higher.
  • The Security Agreement in Educator Portal for 2018-19 has been read, agreed to, and signed.
  • The First Contact survey has been completed and submitted.
  • Test administrators have the Teacher role in Educator Portal and have an educator identifier associated with their account.
  • Students are rostered to the test administrator in each applicable subject. Potential subjects include English language arts, math, science, and social studies, depending on the state.
  • The student is rostered to the correct grade level for each subject being tested.

Please see the section in the Test Administration Manual titled “Before Beginning Assessments” for more details. If you have completed all associated tasks above and a student is still not receiving testlets, please contact your assessment coordinator.

Best Regards,

DLM Staff

Helpful Tips to Ensure Optimal Test Administration Thu, April 04, 2019

For the best testing experience, teachers may wish to check the status of Kite® Suite before logging into the system.

Go to http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/kite.

If the status of Student Portal is green, it is a good time to test a student. If the status is yellow, and you have the flexibility to wait, you may wish to delay testing students.

If the status of Educator Portal is green, it is a good time to manage data or create a new report. If the status is yellow, and you have the flexibility to wait, you may wish to delay managing data or obtaining new reports.

System Timeout

Typically, a student can be inactive in Student Portal for up to 90 minutes. If a student requires a break that lasts longer than 90 minutes, the system will log out automatically and the student’s responses will not be saved.

A similar principle applies when student testing is interrupted due to a timeout issue. The intended user experience is:

  • If the student is logged back in to Student Portal within 90 minutes, then responses entered should be saved. The best practice is for the teacher and student to review the testlet together from the beginning.
  • If the student is logged back in to Student Portal after 90 minutes have passed, the responses are not saved.

Best Regards,

DLM Staff

Student Experience During Field Testing Fri, March 22, 2019

Field test testlets are assigned to some students after they have completed spring operational testlets in each subject. The field test testlet may be harder or easier than the last operational testlet the student completed for the Essential Element. If the field test testlet is too hard for the student, the student or test administrator may leave a response unanswered or choose an option indicating the student did not respond (if available), and then submit the testlet.

Student responses on field test testlets will not be scored for accountability purposes, will not be shared with students, teachers, or districts, and will not appear in the results files sent to the state. There is no penalty to students or teachers for participating or not participating in the field test.

Ongoing field-testing is one way of improving and expanding assessments that are available for future years. Please administer field test testlets the same way as you would an operational assessment.

 

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

DLM Professional Development Webinar – English Language Arts 3/20/2019 Tue, March 19, 2019

Join the Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) Professional Development team from UNC Chapel Hill tomorrow, March 20th, at 3:30 p.m. (Central Time) for an interactive English language arts webinar. This webinar will focus specifically on students with more complex needs who complete DLM alternate assessments at the Initial and Distal Precursor linkage levels.

The 45-minute webinar will begin with a 15-minute overview of the content followed by a 30-minute live question and answer session. If you are unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and posted online. All webinars are free to attend and will be accessible via Skype for Business or telephone.

For all details, please see the flyer below.

https://dynamiclearningmaps.org/sites/default/files/documents/Public/ELA_PD_Webinar_20190320.pdf

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

Required Training Outage RESOLVED Fri, March 15, 2019

Users can now access Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) required test administrator training without experiencing disruptions, as the issue has been resolved. If you experience any further disruptions, please contact dlm-support@ku.edu.

We again thank you for your patience as we worked to fix the issue.

Educator Portal, Student Portal, and Kite Collector Down for Maintenance Fri, March 15, 2019

Educator Portal, Student Portal and Kite Collector will be down for maintenance for a few hours on Friday, March 15, 2019 beginning at approximately 9:00 PM Central time.

Updated DLM Resources for Spring 2019 Assessment Preparation Fri, March 01, 2019

In preparation for the opening of the Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) spring 2019 assessment window, updated Materials Collections Lists have been posted. You can access these lists on the Educator Resource Pages via your state’s webpage under the Resources for Educators and District Staff dropdown. These are lists of materials by subject and grade, including materials to use with alternate test forms for students with visual impairments. The lists contain materials commonly needed in testlets and materials that may be substituted unless the Testlet Information Page (TIP) specifically states that no substitutions are allowed. This gives test administrators more opportunity to prepare for the assessment before the assessment window opens. Please check below for a link to the Materials Collections Lists for your state.

A Writing Testlet FAQ has also been updated for spring 2019 and added to the Educator Resource Pages. The DLM writing testlets assess a student’s ability to communicate using writing and the precursor skills that lead to writing. The FAQ details how writing testlets are assessed in DLM testlets as well as how to prepare to administer a writing testlet as a test administrator. Check below for the link to the writing testlet FAQ for your state.

 

For Integrated Model States 
(Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and North Dakota)

For Year-End Model States 
(Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Miccosukee, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin)

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

Educator Portal Down for Maintenance Fri, February 15, 2019

Educator Portal will be down for maintenance for a short period of time on Sunday, February 17 at approximately 10:00 pm Central time.

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

DLM Professional Development Webinars Mon, February 04, 2019

The Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) professional development team will be providing three more interactive webinars this spring to assist teachers with providing instruction to students that is aligned to the DLM Essential Elements in English language arts and mathematics. This spring we will focus specifically on students with more complex needs who complete the DLM assessments at the Initial and Distal Precursor linkage levels.

Each 45-minute webinar will begin with a 15-minute overview of the content followed by a 30-minute live question and answer session. Additionally, each webinar will be recorded and posted online for those who are unable to attend a live session. All webinars are free to attend and will be accessible via Skype for Business or telephone.

Webinars will be held during the following times:

  • Mathematics, Tuesday, February 19, 3:30 p.m. (Central Time)
  • English language arts, Wednesday, March 20, 3:30 p.m. (Central Time)
  • Mathematics, Tuesday, April 16, 3:30 p.m. (Central Time)

More information regarding the webinars, including flyers and instructions for joining the meeting, are available on the Professional Development tab of the DLM website at www.dynamiclearningmaps.org/professional-development.

For our full professional development site, visit www.dlmpd.com.

Educator Portal and Kite® Student Portal will be unavailable beginning December 27 at 3:00 pm Central time. Users may resume normal access to Educator Portal and Student Portal starting December 28 at 8:00 am Central.

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

Educator Portal and Kite Student Portal Unavailable Wed, December 26, 2018

Educator Portal and Kite® Student Portal will be unavailable beginning December 27 at 3:00 pm Central time. Users may resume normal access to Educator Portal and Student Portal starting December 28 at 8:00 am Central.

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

Instructional Tools Interface Closed 12/19 - 1/1 Wed, December 19, 2018

The Instructional Tools Interface (ITI) will be unavailable Wednesday, December 19, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for routine maintenance. ITI usage will resume on January 2, 2019.

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

Helpful Testing Tips Available on the Educator Resource Videos Webpage Mon, November 19, 2018

As you begin testing in the instructionally embedded window, the Educator Resource Videos page is a great place to find quick and informative videos that answer many questions about the Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) system and the Kite® Suite, which consists of Educator Portal and Student Portal (previously called KITE Client). The videos listed on this page serve as a quick start guide by providing walkthroughs on a number of topics that are frequently visited by users.

Many of the videos are less than five minutes long and provide valuable information on topics such as

  • using the Kite Suite,
  • using the Instructional Tools Interface (ITI),
  • understanding the personal learning profile, and
  • verifying rosters and student data.

At this time of year, users who are not familiar with ITI will benefit from the videos titled “Using the Instructional Tools Interface” and “How to Use the Instructional Tools Interface.”

The Educator Resource page may be found on your state’s page under the Resources for Educators and District Staff tab or by clicking the following link: https://dynamiclearningmaps.org/erp/videos

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

Event Recruitment Survey Thu, November 08, 2018

We are pleased to announce the new recruitment survey for participating in Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) events such as item writing and external review. Our staff will be utilizing the information provided in the survey to identify individuals who are well-suited for participating in future DLM events based upon experience and preferences noted in the survey.  The survey only needs to be completed one time for an individual to be considered for participating in events throughout the year. If selected as a potential participant for an event, DLM staff may reach out to you with additional questions. Completing the survey does not obligate you to participate in an event if selected.

Our team is excited to use this new recruitment process for the DLM Item Writing event to be held in Kansas City in January 2019. We strongly encourage those who are interested in participating to complete the survey, as DLM staff will be selecting participants soon.

The recruitment survey can be accessed by following this link: https://kusurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6DcxFBgLc5Btxc1

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

Update to Whitelisting for Chromebooks Fri, October 26, 2018

Some users of older versions of Chromebooks reported encountering white screens or pages not fully loading while administering testlets in Kite® Student Portal. The problem can be rectified either by having the student use a newer Chromebook if available or by test administrators adding the two domains below to their whitelist on those devices.

  • *.googlevideo.com
  • ssl.google-analytics.com/*

Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) has updated its whitelist to include these two additional domains.

Reminder to Complete Security Agreement in Educator Portal Wed, October 03, 2018

As a reminder, the security agreement in Kite® Educator Portal expires in August each year and must be renewed before administering testlets. These terms are an important part of maintaining the integrity of testlet administration and safeguarding secure assessment materials.

Users who have already read the security agreement and agreed to the terms are not required to take any further action.

For users signing on to Educator Portal for the first time, the security agreement will appear automatically. Users must read and agree to the security agreement before proceeding. Please note that the answer option defaults on the Do Not Agree option.

If users have already signed in to Educator Portal and did not sign and agree to the security agreement, it may be accessed at any time by navigating to My Profile and selecting the Security Agreement tab.

For additional information, please consult the section Manage User Account of the Educator Portal User Guide found under the Manuals and Blueprints tab on your state webpage.

DLM Instructionally Embedded Window Now Open Wed, September 19, 2018

The Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) Instructionally Embedded testing window has opened for the 2018-19 academic year. The Instructional Tools Interface is now available for participating states in Educator Portal. Before creating an Instructional Plan, Test Administrators must complete the following steps:

  • Complete the Required Test Administrator Training with a passing score
  • Sign the Security Agreement
  • Ensure your students are rostered to you for each subject for which you are responsible
  • Complete and submit the First Contact Survey for each of your students
  • Edit and submit the Personal Needs and Preferences Profile for each of your students

Test Administrators can find a helpful checklist detailing the critical steps to follow for Instructionally Embedded Assessments in the Checklists for Test Administrators section of the Test Administration Manual, found on your state’s web page.

Beginning on page 59 in the Educator Portal User Guide, test administrators will find step-by-step guidance with accompanying screen shots on how to use the Instructional Tools Interface.

DLM Fall District Training Resources Fri, September 07, 2018

Technology Specifications and Data Management district training modules for Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) for Year-End and Science-Only states are available on the DLM website as of Friday, September 7. Assessment Coordinator district training modules will be available on Friday, September 14. After completion of the training, you may sign up for an optional Q&A session this fall.

For Year-End states (AK, CO, DE, IL, NH, NJ, NY, OK, RI, UT, WV, WI), use this District Staff Training Resources page.

For Science-Only states (MD), use this District Staff Training Resources page.

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

DLM Professional Development Webinars Fri, August 31, 2018

The Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) professional development team will be providing four interactive webinars this fall to assist teachers with providing instruction to students that is aligned to the DLM Essential Elements in English language arts and mathematics. Each 45-minute webinar will begin with a 15-minute overview of the content followed by a 30-minute live question and answer session. Additionally, each webinar will be recorded and posted online for those who are unable to attend a live session. All webinars are free to attend and will be accessible via Skype for Business or telephone.

Webinars are scheduled to be held during the following times:

  • English language arts, Tuesday, September 18, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. (Central Time)
  • Mathematics, Tuesday, October 23, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. (Central Time)
  • English language arts, Tuesday, November 13, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. (Central Time)
  • Mathematics, Tuesday, December 11, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. (Central Time)

More information regarding the webinars, including flyers and instructions for joining the meeting, are available on the Professional Development tab of the DLM website at www.dynamiclearningmaps.org/professional-development.

For our full professional development site, visit www.dlmpd.com.

Best Regards,

DLM Staff

 

Reminder to Install Kite Student Portal Fri, August 24, 2018

With the school year starting, users may notice that Educator Portal has undergone a facelift to make it more user-friendly. In addition to these updates, KITE® Client has been renamed Kite Student Portal. However, the update from 2017-2018 KITE Client to 2018-2019 Kite Student Portal will not take effect automatically. Users are required to uninstall KITE Client from their testing device(s) and install Kite Student Portal for the enhancements to become available.

For the best experience, please ensure that your devices are using supported platforms for Kite Student Portal. For more information, consult the Technology Specifications Manual found on your state’s webpage. Information regarding supported platforms may be found on the Kite requirements webpage at https://dynamiclearningmaps.org/requirements.

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

Updated Manuals and Trainings for 2018-19 Available on the DLM Website Fri, August 17, 2018

Manuals

All Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) manuals have been updated for the 2018-19 school year and are available on your state’s DLM webpage. These resources are valuable in helping educators and other staff prepare for DLM assessments. In the first few pages of each manual, a “What’s New in this Version?” section provides an overview of topics that have been added and/or enhanced in the updated version.

District Training

The Assessment Coordinator, Data Management, and Technology Specifications trainings for 2018-19 have been updated on the District Staff Training Resources page. A link to this page can be found under the Resources for Educators and District Staff dropdown on your state’s webpage. After completion of this training, you may sign up for an optional Q&A session this fall.

Updated district training resources are available for Integrated Model states only at this time. District training resources for Year-End or Science-Only states will be posted in September.

For Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and North Dakota, use this District Staff Training Resources page.

Best Regards,
DLM Staff

Kite Student Portal Updates Fri, August 10, 2018

Software updates to Kite® Student Portal (formerly KITE Client) will be completed by 9:00 a.m. Central on Monday, August 13. For these updates to take effect, users must uninstall KITE Client from their device(s) and install Student Portal as the updates will not occur automatically. As a reminder, Kite Student Portal has a redesigned icon.

To find download instructions for Student Portal and other helpful information, please visit https://dynamiclearningmaps.org/requirements. Note that the DLM website will be receiving minor maintenance from 10:00 p.m. Central Saturday, August 11 through 8:00 a.m. Central Sunday, August 12. Users may experience difficulty accessing the website during this time.

Best Regards,
DLM Staff