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DLM Data and Results

About the Data

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The Dynamic Learning Maps assessment is administered statewide in the spring, in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Some students also take science and social studies depending on their grade. The DLM assessment is intended for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-11 and is designed to compare a student’s strengths and needs to clearly defined standards, skill levels, or areas of knowledge. 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. The DLM assessment is aligned with the Wisconsin Essential Elements and measures how students perform in relation to those standards.

Three Reports are provided to districts:

DPI has developed an Individual Student Report that summarizes student performance in each content area for their grade. This report is designed to help students, parents, and educators identify specific areas of strength and need relative to the grade-level Essential Elements.

The Performance Profile summarizes how your student performed on the content areas of ELA, mathematics and for some students, science. DLM performance levels are presented as: Emerging, Approaching Target, At Target, and Advanced. The Performance Profile also includes statements of skills that are typical of students performing in the identified performance level.

The Learning Profile depicts the student’s progress toward grade -level targets for each Essential Element tested.

DLM Data Availability

 
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2021-22 DLM Assessment:

Individual Student Reports (ISRs) and summary reports will be available electronically in the KITE Educator Portal in mid June.

State testing data will be released publicly on WISEdash in the Fall. 

DLM Reporting Resources

Hmong Version

Translated ISR Templates- Districts and schools may include a copy of the Spanish or Hmong translated ISR with the English ISR so families have a better understanding of their student's results. If translated sample ISRs are needed in languages other than Spanish and Hmong, District are responsible for providing those translations and may use the appropriate grade-level ISR template in English to create the translation.
 

Data Based Decision Making: Using your DLM Results 

DLM Performance Levels and Cut Scores

The DLM assessment is a summative assessment which provides information about what students know and can do in relation to the Wisconsin Essential Elements. Students receive a score based on their performance in each content area. Each score will fall in one of four levels:

  • Emerging - The student demonstrates emerging understanding of and ability to apply content knowledge and skills represented by the Essential Elements.

  • Approaching the Target - The student’s understanding of and ability to apply targeted content knowledge and skills represented by the Essential Elements is approaching the target.

  • At Target - The student’s understanding of and ability to apply content knowledge and skills represented by the Essential Elements is at target.

  • Advanced: - The student demonstrates advanced understanding of and ability to apply targeted content knowledge and skills represented by the Essential Elements.

The tables below provide performance categories and cut score ranges for each performance level for each content area. These cut scores were formally approved by the State Superintendent.

DLM Cut Scores Tables