Iowa's Alternate Assessments for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
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Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)
English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science Alternate Assessment 1%
The Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessments is the State of Iowa's AYP Alternate Assessment and promote fair measurement of student knowledge of the Iowa Core English Language Arts, Mathematics, & DLM Science Essential Elements. The DLM Alternate Assessments are for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities whose academic performance is appropriately judged against alternate achievement standards.
Content areas and grades are:
- ELA: Grades 3-8, 10 and 11
- Math: Grades 3-8, 10 and 11
- Science: Grades 5, 8 and 11
The DLM ELA and Mathematics Alternate Assessments are year-long instructionally embedded assessments that includes a year-end summative assessment.
The DLM Science Alternate Assessments is a year-end assessment. All DLM Assessments integrate student assistive technology.
Click on the link to learn more about Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment: http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/
Click on the link below to access the State of Iowa’s DLM Webpage that contains assessment supports and materials for Iowa District Alternate Assessment Coordinators, District Data Stewards, Technology Liaisons and Test Administrators: http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/iowa
The Alternate Assessment is a part of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Iowa's Participation Guidelines - The criteria for participation in Iowa’s Alternate Assessments for both the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) and the State of Iowa's Early Literacy Alternate Assessment - the Dynamic Learning Maps Aligned K-3 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment, reflect the pervasive nature of a significant cognitive disability. IEP teams must select the alternate assessment as the only option for all subject content areas assessed. Students who participate in Iowa’s Alternate Assessments will not participate in Iowa Assessments. Participation guidelines are programmed into the State Web IEP.
The DLM Assessment includes three (3) assessment windows. They are as follows:
- Fall - September 21, 2016 to December 16, 2016
- Winter - Jauary 4, 2017 to February 27, 2017
- Spring - March 5, 2017 to May 19, 2017
Every student is to be tested, even those who receive homebound services or attend a shortened school day. District Assessment Coordinators should contact Jennifer Denne, IDE Alternate Assessment Consultant at email@example.com for guidance on assessment requirements for students who are receiving homebound services or attend shortened school day.
The DLM ELA & Math AYP Alternate Assessments and the Dynamic Learning Maps Aligned K-3 Literacy Alternate Assessment - Iowa are yearlong assessment, so to say, “we need to exclude this student from the testing window” means the student is being excluded from participation in the Iowa Core, which is documented as non-compliance and illegal. The DLM Science alternate assessment is a year-end assessment that measures student outcomes of yearlong science instruction.
There is no opt out option for assessment participation. The only decision an IEP team can make is which type of assessment the student will participate - either the general assessment or the alternate assessment.
State of Iowa's DLM Test Blueprints, Timelines, and Requirements
The DLM English Language Arts (ELA) and Math Alternate Assessments include three assessment windows-Fall, Winter, and Spring.
Teachers are required to use the State of Iowa’s DLM ELA and Math Test Blueprints to identify the Essential Elements (EEs) required at each grade level and record these EEs within DLM KITE Educator Portal Instructional Tools Interface (ITI) as instructional plans. Teachers are also required to maintain the student test blueprint in within the student’s cumulative folder. Teachers choose which EEs to instruct and assess during the Fall and Winter assessment window.
For the ELA and Math Spring Assessment window, teachers do not record EEs or create instructional plans in ITI. The system automatically delivers five testlets for each content area and grade level tested.
The DLM Science Assessment is a is a year-end spring assessment that measures student outcomes of yearlong science instruction. For the Science Spring Assessment window, teachers do not record EEs or create instructional plans in ITI. The system automatically delivers nine testlets for each content area and grade level tested.
The ELA and Math Test Blueprints are in editable format so that teachers can keep an electronic record of instruction and assessment.
Science - Spring Science Test Blueprint 2016-2017
DLM 2016-2017 District Point of Contacts Calendar
DLM 2016-2017 Point of Contacts Calendar - This calendar provides dates and activities relating to DLM test management activities including links to monthly district point of contact DLM check-in zoom meetings.
DLM 2016-2017 District Point of Contacts Help Sheets
These help sheets are abbreviated documents from the data management manual that assist district data stewards and assessment coordinators complete data management activities.
DLM Service Desk Information
Communication Delivery Chain - Provides guidance to districts in the process used to support DLM Assessment administration.
Districts Alternate Assessment Coordinators/Data Stewards may contact the DLM Service Desk by calling 1-855-277-9751 or by email to DLMfirstname.lastname@example.org
To ensure consistency of communications, District Alternate Assessment Coordinators and/or District Data Stewards are responsible for relaying teacher and district implementation support needs to the DLM Service Desk and to the Iowa Department of Education.
DLM Service Desk Request Form - Districts may use the DLM Service Desk Request Form to support communications with their teachers and the DLM Service Desk.
Special instruction for sharing of student personal identifiable information (PII) when requesting DLM Service Desk and the Iowa Department of Education Support
When emailing the DLM Service Desk or the Iowa Department of Education for assistance in administering the DLM Alternate Assessment, the only allowable student information is the student’s state identification number. Do not include the student name or date of birth.
DLM Parent's Brochures
DLM Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 2016-2017
AEA and UEN Support
Area Education Agency (AEA) and Urban Education Network (UEN) Significant Disabilities Coordinators provide technical assistance and support in implementation of the Iowa Core Essential Elements and Iowa’s Alternate Assessments.
Area Education Agency Significant Disabilities Coordinators
|Keystone AEA 1||Gretchen Conwayemail@example.com|
|AEA 267||Lisa Jellumfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Prairie Lakes AEA 8||Kris Taphornemail@example.com|
|Mississippi Bend AEA 9||Jennifer Hawleyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Grant Wood AEA 10||Tina Hoffmanemail@example.com|
|Heartland AEA 11||Marty Ikedafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Northwest AEA 12||Cindy Bairdemail@example.com|
|Green Hills AEA||Ron Russellfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Great Prairie AEA 15||Alan Schwarteemail@example.com|
Urban Education Network Significant Disabilities Coordinators
|Cedar Rapids CSD||Rosemary Haysfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Council Bluffs CSD||Becky Zornemail@example.com|
|Davenport CSD||Amy Claytonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Des Moines CSD||Erin Elscottemail@example.com|
|Des Moines CSD||Lisa Wiesefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Des Moines CSD||Alyson Finleyemail@example.com|
|Des Moines CSD||Laurel Friedmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Des Moines CSD||Aimee Rhodeemail@example.com|
|Des Moines CSD||Gwen Weigletfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Des Moines CSD||Robert Van Dorinemail@example.com|
|Des Moines CSD||Nichole Heidemannfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dubuque CSD||Lori Andersonemail@example.com|
|Iowa City CSD||Lisa-Ann Johnsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sioux City CSD||Kim Nealemail@example.com|
|Waterloo CSD||Susie Lundfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Waterloo CSD||Larry Martinemail@example.com|
Click on the link below to access the State of Iowa’s DLM Webpage that contains assessment supports and materials for Iowa District Alternate Assessment Coordinators, District Data Stewards, Technology Liaisons and Test Administrators http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/iowa
ELAA and DLM Administration Comparison 2016-2017 - This document crosswalks the similarities and differences between the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment and the State of Iowa’s Early Literacy Alternate Assessment- the Dynamic Learning Maps Aligned K-3 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment.
Iowa's Early Literacy Alternate Assessment
Early Literacy Alternate Assessment Flow Chart of Options - provides initial guidance for IEP teams in the determining participation in the in the Dynamic Learning Maps Aligned K-3 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment.
State of Iowa’s eligibility guidelines for participation in Iowa’s Alternate Assessments (2015-15-12). Individual Education Program (IEP) teams are required to use this document for student participation in Iowa’s Alternate Assessments. This document is programmed within the State Web IEP.
The Dynamic Learning Maps Aligned K-3 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment Manual - This manual is written to support educators in completing the DLM Aligned K-3 Literacy Alternate Assessment.
The Dynamic Learning Maps Aligned K-3 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment FAQ - provides answers to frequently asked questions of Policy and Guidance and components of the Assessment.
The Dynamic Learning Maps Aligned K-3 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment Teacher Tips for Instruction and Assessment - This document provides helpful tips, reminders and instructional supports for teachers to implement The Dynamic Learning Maps Aligned K-3 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment.
Iowa Core English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science Essential Elements
Overview and Background of the Iowa Core English Language Arts & Mathematics Essential Elements
With the adoption of the Iowa Core, Iowa was required to develop a new Alternate Assessment aligned to the Iowa Core. In this effort, Iowa joined Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM), an 18 state member consortium. The DLM assessment consortium is guided by the core belief that all students should have access to challenging grade-level content which is reflected in the Iowa Core Essential Elements. The Iowa Core English Language Arts and Mathematics Essential Elements for students with significant cognitive disabilities were developed and reviewed at each grade level Kindergarten through 12th grade in the areas of English Language Arts and Math by Iowa teachers (both general and special education) and other individuals with expertise in instruction for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The Iowa Core Essential Elements are not a redefinition of the Iowa Core Standards. They are specific statements of knowledge and skills linked to grade-level Iowa Core Standards and are intended to describe challenging expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The purpose of the Iowa Core Essential Elements is to build a bridge from the content in the Iowa Core Standards to expectations for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
The Iowa Core Essential Elements satisfy the requirement of the U.S. Department of Education that Iowa have alternate achievement standards for its students with significant cognitive disabilities that reflect high expectations, are clearly linked to grade-level academic content standards that yield student achievement and prepare our students with significant cognitive disabilities for college & career readiness.
Overview and Background of the Iowa Core Science Essential Elements
The Iowa Core Science Essential Elements are specific knowledge and skills linked to the grade-level or grade band span expectations identified in the Iowa Core Science Standards aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and represent the most frequently assessed alternate standards in the DLM Science states identified in the 2012 Framework for Science Education. Grades 5 and 11 Science Essential Elements are grade linked and Grade 8
Science Essential Elements are grades 6-8 grade banded. As such, this set of Essential Elements addresses a small number of science standards, representing a breadth, but not depth, of coverage across the entire standards framework. The purpose of the Iowa Core Science Essential Elements is to build a bridge from the content in the general education science framework to academic expectations for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. This version of the Essential Elements will provide content for science assessments for at least the next two years. The DLM Science Consortium intends to develop a learning map based on research about how students learn science content and engage in scientific and engineering practices in the next phase of the project. Revisions will be made when the science map is complete, at which time we anticipate the Essential Elements will be aligned to the map with revisions and additions as appropriate. This will occur no sooner than Spring 2018 and perhaps more likely for Spring 2019.
The State of Iowa and the DLM Alternate Assessment Consortium are guided by the core belief that all students should have access to challenging grade-level Iowa Core Standards. For additional information regarding the Iowa Core Essential Elements click on the links below: