Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)
The alternate assessment for students with the most significant intellectual disabilities in English Language Arts and Mathematics is called the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM). The state of New Jersey and 12 other states have been working with the University of Kansas to develop and implement the new assessment system. Periodically, the DLM or the Department of Education will send updates to Chief School Administrators in order to help districts prepare for the online computer-based assessment. The DLM test specifications and Essential Elements skill statements, used for instruction and assessment, are currently available and accessible via the DLM website. All districts are asked to regularly check the DLM website for available information including test design, technology requirements, required training materials, professional development modules, and assessment timelines for the 2016-2017 operational testing year. For information on the DLM and related topics, go to www.dynamiclearningmaps.org/newjersey.
The DLM ELA assessment requires a teacher to assist the student in engagement of the text the first time it is read. Engagement consists of asking the student factual questions about the words and graphics in order to promote comprehension. The student must then read the text again without teacher engagement and answer the test questions. The following video is a demonstration of a New Jersey elementary school teacher effectively using the first reading of a text as an engagement activity to promote the student's comprehension.