Dynamic Learning Maps®

The Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) Alternate Assessment System is a computer-based assessment system for public school students with significant cognitive disabilities for whom, even with accommodations, general state assessments are not appropriate. DLM assessments offer students in grade three through high school a better way to show what they know and can do.

DLM assessments are administered in many states across the United States. These states’ departments of education collectively comprise the Dynamic Learning Maps Consortium. The Consortium is facilitated by the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas in partnership with the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The DLM project was initially funded through a five-year, $22 million grant awarded in late 2010 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. The Consortium now self-funds all its activities, including ongoing assessment development, research, and assessment administration.

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