Dynamic Learning Maps
Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) Alternate Assessment supports student learning and measures what students with the most significant cognitive disabilities know and can do in the content areas of English language arts, mathematics and science.
- DLM Alternate Assessment Training for Teachers - 11/18 & 11/30/21
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Webinar Recording - forthcoming
- Transcript - forthcoming
- DLM Training for District Test Coordinators - 11/16/21
High Expectations for Student Success Video
The High Expectations for Student Success video is available on the homepage of the Dynamic Learning Maps® website. This video outlines four keys to academic success for students with significant cognitive disabilities and also highlights the importance of planning for postsecondary opportunities for students taking the DLM alternate assessment.
New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System
All New Hampshire public school students participate in the statewide assessment. The alternate assessment is intended only for those students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.To determine if a student meets the participation criteria for the alternate assessment, the student's IEP team reviews and completes the Accommodations and Alternate Assessment Decision Making Worksheet. Evidence of this decision-making process must be maintained by the school and made available during assessment monitoring.
What grade levels are assessed for the DLM alternate assessment?
- Grades 3-8 and 11 are assessed in English language arts and mathematics
- Grades 5, 8 and 11 are assessed in science
Spring DLM Testing Window: March 14 - June 10, 2022
- DLM-New Hampshire State webpage
- DLM Accessibility Manual - provides guidance in the selection and use of the accessibility supports available for the DLM assessment.
- DLM-New Hampshire Administration Calendar 2021-22
- Parent Guide - Understanding Your Child's Score Report; Spanish Version
- Talking to Parents about DLM Score Reports
- Getting Started with Kite Educator Portal
- Prepare for Test Administration: Manage Student Data
- Technology Preparation: Kite Student Portal
- Test Management: Test Tickets and Test Information Pages
District and Building Test Coordinators
- DLM Registration Process
- District Test Coordinator List for Kite Educator Portal
- Building Test Coordinator List (public charter schools & out-of-district schools/private providers)
- Updates needed for the District or Building Test Coordinator list? Please contact Michelle Gauthier at Michelle.E.Gauthier@doe.nh.gov
New Hampshire Statutes, State Laws and Federal Regulations
- New Hampshire Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities, Ed 1100
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
- Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA): Alternate Assessments for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities (see Section 1111(b)(2)(D), page 27)
- Additional laws and rules governing special education in NH
1% Cap on Participation in the Alternate Assessment
No more than 1% of students may participate in the alternate assessment in the grades assessed for each content area. This ESSA requirement took effect starting with the 2017-2018 school year. States exceeding 1% may request a waiver to the United States Department of Education. As part of the waiver request, states must demonstrate at least 95% of all students and 95% of all students with disabilities participated in the required statewide assessments.
- Strategies for Meeting the 1% State-Level Cap on Participation in the Alternate Assessment. Thurlow, M., & Lazarus, S. (2017, April). Strategies for meeting the 1% state-level cap on participation in the alternate assessment (NCEO Brief #12). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, National Center on Educational Outcomes.