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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.

Webinar Presentations

  • DLM Alternate Assessment Training for Teachers - 11/18 & 11/30/21

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. 

Related Resources
Parent Resource: A Future of Opportunity
Postsecondary Opportunities Study
Research Synopsis

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

Teacher Resources

District and Building Test Coordinators

New Hampshire Statutes, State Laws and Federal Regulations

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.

DLM Technical Report