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WA ND UT IL KS OK IA MO WI MI MS WV VA NC NJ VT AK A newsletter about the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System Special education teacher Stephanie Hart was initially skeptical when she heard that the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment System would be able to reach the variety of students with significant cognitive disabilities that she serves. Hart said that after working as a DLM item writer this summer, she was now convinced that her students would be able to learn and be assessed through DLM. Hart said she predicts that “DLM will change the way that people think” about her students, and prove that “Yes, they can learn!” The DLM, an online tool designed to simultaneously support teacher instruction and student learning, is composed of more than 6,500 testlets, each of which includes an engagement activity and three to five assessment items that collectively reveal what students know and can do as well as misunderstandings that can inform teacher instruction. Melinda Kaifes, a functional specialist who works with students with significant cognitive disabilities, said she is pleased that DLM uses cognitively appropriate versions of many of the same texts and materials used with the general student population. These stories include Henry & Mudge for younger students and To Kill a Mockingbird for older students. Kaifes said she envisions her students learning side by side with other students, who will become future employers and co-workers who view people with significant cognitive disabilities as capable contributors in the workforce. August 2013 DLM Consortium States Alaska • Illinois • Iowa • Kansas Michigan • Mississippi • Missouri New Jersey • North Carolina North Dakota • Oklahoma • Utah Vermont • Virginia • Washington West Virginia • Wisconsin The Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System Consortium is composed of 17 states and additional partner agencies. The DLM Consortium is committed to developing a computer-based assessment for K–12 public school students with significant cognitive disabilities. General state assessments, even with accommodations, are not appropriate for these students, who compose approximately 1% of students in this grade range. The DLM Consortium is led by the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, and is funded through a five-year grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The assessment will be implemented during the 2014–2015 school year. The DLM Consortium is one of two multistate consortia to receive federal grants to create a next generation alternate assessment linked to the Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts for the 1% population. DLM member states are involved during every phase of assessment development. ABOUT US: EVERY STUDENT CAN LEARN AND DEMONSTRATE KNOWLEDGE WITH DLM www.dynamiclearningmaps.org DUSTIN JOHNSON Two educators work together on content for DLM testlets during the summer item writing workshop.
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|Title||Dynamic learning maps, 08/2013|
University of Kansas. Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation.
|Purpose||Every student can learn and demonstrate knowledge with DLM; Creating instructionally relevant assessment items for DLM;|
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