- Beginning in 2014-2015, the DLM-AA will replace the Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA). The DLM-AA is an adaptive computer-based assessment for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The assessment is aligned to the Common Core Essential Elements in English language arts and mathematics. The testing window for the 2014-2015 DLM-AA is from March 23-May 1. This six-week window allows district and school flexibility to create their own testing schedule within the test window based on their technology capabilities and school calendars.
- We call the learning map dynamic because it shows a learning landscape in which multiple skills are related to many other skills. Dynamic learning maps show the relationships among skills and offer multiple learning pathways.
- The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment System uses learning maps that are highly connected representations of how academic skills are acquired as reflected in research literature. Nodes in the maps represent specific knowledge, skills, and understandings in English language arts and mathematics, as well as important foundational skills that provide an understructure for the academic skills. The maps go beyond traditional learning progressions to include multiple and alternate pathways by which students may develop content knowledge.
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