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DLM – Mathematics, ELA and Science / Alternate Assessments
Subjects and Grade Levels
Mathematics / grades 3-8, and 11
English/Language Arts / grades 3-8, and 11
Science / grades 5, 8 and 11
About the test
Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) assessments are designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in ELA and Mathematics (grades 3-8 and high school), and in Science (grades 5, 8 and high school) for whom general state assessments are not appropriate, even with accommodations.
Students who take DLM alternate assessments are instructed and assessed on
. Essential Elements are grade-level-specific expectations about what students with the most significant cognitive disabilities should know and be able to do. Essential Elements are related to college- and career-readiness standards for students in the general population and in Science are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
DLM – Mathematics, ELA and Science alternate assessments are delivered online on a variety of devices and have an administrative application to manage student information. Students could receive five to 10 testlets in each subject, depending on the grade and subject. Items in the DLM alternate assessment are grouped into testlets.
Standards being assessed
ELA – Essential Elements
Mathematics – Essential Elements
Science – Essential Elements
Accessibility and Accommodations information
All appropriate accommodations for an individual child are identified through the IEP team decision making process. Accommodations to be considered by the IEP team are determined by the DLM partner states and in limited circumstances, a request for a unique accommodation may be made to your local education agency.
DLM Accessibility Manual
To see how students performed on MSAA go to
To see how students performed on DLM go to
DLM Sample Items
Mathematics. ELA and Science Sample Items
English Language Arts
Special Education 1% Threshold Information
This justification process is required by federal law to be submitted to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) when a local education agency anticipates exceeding the one percent threshold limiting the number of participants in an alternate academic assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities. This information must be made publicly available.
2022-2023 Local Education Agency Justification for Exceeding the One Percent Threshold Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
2021-2022 Local Education Agency Justification for Exceeding the One Percent Threshold Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
2020-2021 Local Education Agency Justification for Exceeding the One Percent Threshold Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities