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Subject: Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Field Test

Source: Stephen Barr, Office of Special Education

Intended Audience: DLM Field Test Participants

Date: January 30, 2014

The KITE system, which includes the KITE client used for testing and Educator Portal application, is scheduled to go through a new release shortly before the launch of the Field Test #1 testing window.  Given that it is more important for all users to have a positive experience, we will postpone the release by several days to allow that process to finish.  Leading into Field Test #1 the DLM Help Desk is also experiencing high call volume and longer wait times than usual.  We realize that many districts are struggling to make the January 31 deadline for user uploads.

Although this is the first field test and not a fully operational system, it is important to make this field test experience optimal for users in the field.  Given these challenges and delays, DLM will delay the window for Field Test #1 by one week.  The length of the testing window will remain the same, but the new window dates will be moved to Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 28.  To meet the needs of participating districts, we will be extending the Help Desk hours beginning February 3 to 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central Time.  Those extended hours will continue through February 28.

Here are updated deadlines associated with this change:

. February 7: All users, enrollment files, and rosters uploaded in Educator Portal.

. February 10: The changes in user experience associated with the technology release are visible to users.  This includes updates to Educator Portal, such as the addition of the security agreement and changes in the First Contact questions; there are no significant changes to the KITE interface.  Aspects of Field Test #1 that will be impacted by this change are noted in the current user guides.  Updated sections will be flagged in the User Guide for States and Districts and the User Guide for Teachers in materials that are posted February 9.

. February 14: First Contact and PNP records complete.

. February 14: Deadline to complete required training module.

These updates will be posted to the state/district resource page and the educator resource page.

Any additional updates about Field Test #1 will be shared with you via email and posted to the update page at http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/moreinfo/field_test_1_update.html.  To preserve states' ability to communicate with districts in their preferred ways, we are currently communicating only with our state level contacts. 

We regret any inconvenience this change may cause.  If you have questions or concerns about this adjustment, please let us know.