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Dynamic Learning Maps

The Dynamic Learning Maps™ (DLM) project offers an innovative way for all students with significant cognitive disabilities to demonstrate their learning throughout the school year via the DLM Alternate Assessment System. The traditional multiple choice and status collection of data in a portfolio methods of testing do not always allow students with significant cognitive disabilities to fully demonstrate their knowledge.  By integrating assessment with instruction during the year and providing a year-end assessment, the DLM system maps student learning aligned with college and career readiness standards in English language arts and mathematics.

The DLM system is accessible by students with significant cognitive disabilities, including those who also have hearing or visual disabilities, and/or neuromuscular, orthopedic, or other motor disabilities.  DLM assessments are flexible.  They allow for the use of common assistive technologies in addition to keyboard and mouse and touch-screen technology.

Missouri students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are eligible for alternate assessments will be using the DLM assessment system in English language arts and mathematics beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.  All Missouri alternate assessment resources, information, and calendar of important events is located at http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/assessment/map-a

For more information about Dynamic Learning Maps, go to:  http://www.dynamiclearningmaps.org/