Dynamic Learning Maps®
Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) assessments are designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities for whom general state assessments are not appropriate, even with accommodations. DLM assessments offer these students a way to show what they know and can do in mathematics, English language arts, and science. Dynamic Learning Maps assessments are delivered online each spring, with all students in a particular grade being assessed on the same elements.
The Dynamic Learning Maps team uses a cyclical, multi-step process to develop assessments. DLM assessments are delivered as “testlets” — short, instructionally relevant groups of items that share a common context. DLM testlets are developed using principles of evidence-centered design by subject-matter experts with additional expertise in instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Assessments are built to allow multiple ways for students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and understandings. During assessment administration, students have access to unique accessibility tools and supports to fit each student’s needs and preferences. Some of these tools and supports are delivered through the online assessment system while others are provided outside the system by the teacher. Decisions about the use of these tools and supports are made for each student, typically with input from an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Educators complete a Personal Needs Profile (PNP) prior to administration and students will receive testlets of varying difficulty depending on their previous answers. See some examples of released testlets.
DLM assessments help parents and educators establish high academic expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Results from DLM assessments support interpretations about what students know and can do. Results can inform teachers’ instructional decisions while also meeting statutory requirements for reporting student achievement as required by state accountability programs.
For more information you may contact Rebecca Ross, DLM Assessment Coordinator.