Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment (DLM-AA)

Dynamic Learning Maps Assessment Project LogoThe Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) project is guided by the core belief that all students should have access to challenging grade-level content. The new DLM alternate assessment system will let students with significant cognitive disabilities show what they know in ways that traditional multiple-choice tests cannot.

The DLM system is designed to map a student’s learning throughout the year. The system will use items and tasks that are embedded in day-to-day instruction that are aligned to the common core standards. In this way, testing happens as part of instruction, which both informs teaching and benefits students. An end of the year assessment will be created for states that want to include a summative test in addition to the instructionally embedded system.

For more information, please visit the Illinois DLM website at

 Announcements (10/9/15)

  • DLM Assessment Coordinator Webinars - Nov. 3 at 11:00 a.m. or Nov. 5 at 2:00 p.m.  register now new
  • 2015-16 DLM-AA Testing Window (8/7/15)
    The testing window for the 2015-16 DLM-AA is from March 21 - May 13, 2016. This eight-week window allows district and school flexibility to create their own testing schedule within the test window based on their technology capabilities, school calendars, and student needs. For more information on the DLM-AA, visit

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