Career Standards and Assessment Services (CSAS) Menu

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Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) & Essential Elements

The DLM® project is guided by the core belief that all students should have access to challenging grade-level content. The 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. In this way, testing happens as part of instruction, which both informs teaching and benefits students.

Dynamic Learning Maps for Kansas: (external link)
Resources on Manuals and Blueprints, Videos, Training, and Educator Resources, Templates, Scoring & Reporting, and more.

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 at a reduced depth, breadth, and complexity.

Tools and Resources for IEP teams

Tools and Resources for the WIDA Alternate ACCESS English Language Proficiency Assessment

Tools and Resources for Test Coordinators

For information about Kansas and Dynamic Learning Maps please contact Cary Rogers at

DLM Tiered Technical Assistance Resources


The KSDE SETS team will continue to provide communication for special education teachers administering the DLM during school year 2024-2025. Communication will occur via an online meeting platform using Zoom. Participants will be asked to log in to view and download materials and engage with presenters. There will be opportunities for questions and the webinars will be recorded for future reference or for those unable to attend. The recordings will be posted on the KSDE website.
Brad Schwartz will produce the webinars and provide technical support as needed.
   Meeting ID: 897 7927 3623
   Passcode: 947213
   One tap mobile: +13462487799,,89779273623#,,,,,,0#,,947213# US (Houston)

DLM Webinars

Register for entire 2024-25 Webinar Series
**Content is subject to change at any time due to current events**

2023-2024 Webinars

Early Literacy Instruction for Students Taking the DLM Webinars

August 31, 2023: Assessment of Early Literacy Skills (Vimeo) / Slides (PDF)
September 7, 2023: Alphabet Knowledge and Phonological Awareness / Slides (PDF)
September 21, 2023: Shared and Independent Reading (Vimeo) / Slides (PDF)
October 19, 2023: Predictable Chart Writing and Independent Writing (Vimeo) / Slides (PDF) / 2-Is It Writing-Sturm Infographic (PDF) / 5-Tips for Supporting Student Writers (PDF)

Special Education Assessment Listserv

The Special Education Assessment Listserv is used to send out information about standard, assessments, and professional development for students with disabilities.

This listserv has information about the general and the general assessment with and without accommodation for students with disabilities as well as information about the alternate assessment for students with disabilities.

To sign up, send this information:
Subject line: KAA Listserv
Body of message: Email address, First Name, Last Name, USD Number, USD Name, Work Phone Number
Send to this address:

You should get a confirmation email within 10 days.

Assessment Coordinator
Julie Ewing
(785) 296-4349

DLM Consultant
Cary Rogers
(785) 296-0916

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Deputy Commissioner:
Division of Learning Services

Dr. Ben Proctor
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Beth Fultz
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Natalie D. Clark
(785) 296-4351

Assistant Director: 
Curricular Standards

Dr. David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director: 

Julie Ewing
(785) 296-2325

Assistant Director: 
Kansas Volunteer Commission

Dr. Jessica Dorsey
(785) 296-3163

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