Requirements for the 2020-21 administration of statewide assessments remain unchanged under state and federal law. All districts and schools should begin planning for in-person testing now; this includes schools whose current instruction is hybrid, in-person, or 100% virtual. If schools are not open for in-person instruction, they still need to safely provide an in-person, school proctored testing environment if the local health orders allow students and staff to safely be in school buildings.
The DLM™ assessment measures the academic progress of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in the subject areas of ELA and Mathematics at grades 3-11, Science at grades 4 and 8-11, and in Social Studies at grades 4, 8, and 10. This is an online assessment delivered via the computer; however, some students may need their teacher to present the items to them. The teacher will then enter the student’s response into the online platform.
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Student Eligibility Criteria
When determining whether a student who is eligible for special education services should participate in the alternate assessment, the student’s IEP team must determine whether the student meets the following criteria.
- The student has a most significant cognitive disability.
- The student is instructed using the alternate achievement standards across all content areas.
- Parents have been notified of:
- The differences between the alternate achievement standards and academic content standards for the grade in which the child is enrolled, and
- That the student’s achievement will be measured based on alternate achievement standards, and
- How the student’s participation in alternate standards and assessment(s) may delay or otherwise affect the student from completing the requirements for a regular high school diploma.
The IEP team agrees that all three of the criteria describe the student, then the student must participate in the alternate assessment.
IEP Teams utilize the Participation Guidelines for Alternate Assessment (Form I-7-A) and the Individualized Education Program: Participation in Statewide Assessments Form (Dynamic Learning Maps Form I-7 DLM) to document their decisions.
In order to allow districts additional time to administer the assessment in-person to students safely, DPI has extended the DLM testing window and is offering optional extended testing hours for 2020-21. For more information refer to the COVID-19 Assessment Updates webpage.