The purpose of the Alternate Assessment is to provide an opportunity for students with significant cognitive disabilities (SWSCD) to have access to, participate in, and make progress in the general education curriculum in compliance with state and federal law. Alaska’s alternate assessments, provided through the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM), cover the content areas of reading, writing, and mathematics for students in grades 3 through 10, and science for students in grades 4, 8, and 10. Effective September 2014, students eligible for the Alternate Assessment must take the Alternate in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.
Alternate Assessment Test Window - March 21 trough May 6, 2016
Alternate Assessment - English/Language Arts, Mathematics
The Dynamic Learning Maps™ (DLM®) Alternate Assessment System is Alaska’s Alternate Assessment for students with signification cognitive disabilities. DLM is led by the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE) through Kansas University’s Achievement and Assessment Institute. The team at CETE includes experts from a wide range of assessment fields, as well as key partners, and is dedicated to ensuring that all students have the best possible testing experience in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
Students taking the DLM Alternate Assessment require extensive, direct instruction and substantial supports to achieve measurable gains. These students learn academic content aligned to grade level content standards, but at reduced depth, breadth, and complexity. The content standards, derived from college and career readiness standards, are called the Essential Elements (EE) and are the learning targets for the assessments for grades 3-10 in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.
The Dynamic Learning Maps Essential Elements (EEs) are specific statements of knowledge and skills linked to the grade-level expectations. The purpose of the EEs is to build a bridge from those content standards to academic expectations for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
Overview of Test
The DLM Alternate Assessment is organized into testlets. Each testlet includes items from one or more Essential Elements in the blueprint. Most testlets contain an engagement activity and 3-8 items. Depending on grade level, students are assigned a total of 4-6 testlets in English language arts and 6-7 testlets in math. In addition, there is a single writing testlet at each grade level.
DLM has a dynamic routing system that supports adaptability for a positive, student specific testing experience. After the first testlet, the system delivers the next testlet. The DLM routing system uses the available information from the First Contact Survey and the previous testlet to determine which testlet to deliver next.
Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Essential Elements are specific statements of knowledge and skills linked to the grade-level expectations identified in the Alaska Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The purpose of the Alaska – DLM Essential Elements is to build a bridge from the content in the Alaska Standards to academic expectations for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
Events, Conferences & Presentations
and Recorded DLM Webinars
- November 3, 8:00 am – 9:00 am AK time
- November 5, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm AK time
- Getting Started Webinar Recording - mov
- Getting Started Webinar Participant Notes - pdf
- First Contact Survey - pdf
- Personal Needs & Preferences Questions - pdf
- Alternate Assessment Lead Mentors' and SPED Directors' Training Materials, January 2015
- Future Events - To Be Announced
District Test Coordinator Resources
- 2014-15 Alternate Assessment Lead Mentors - excel
- 2014 Alternate Assessment Proficiency Scores - pdf
- Assessment Results
- FERPA - Protecting Student Privacy - pdf
- Alternate Assessment Frequently Asked Questions
- Test Security Agreements
- Web Reporting System User Manual - pdf
- Alternate Assessment Technical Reports
- Essential Elements with Instructional Examples for ELA & Math
- Practice Tests for Reading, Writing, Math and Science
- 2014 Educator Guide to Interpreting the Individual Student Report for the Alternate Assessment
- Common Misperceptions and Research Based Recommendations for Alternate Assessment - pdf
- Unofficial vs. Official Student Reports - pdf
- Accessibility Manual for the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment, 2014-15, ELA and Math - pdf