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Continuous Learning for our Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities

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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: http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/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 Test Coordinators

For information about Kansas and Dynamic Learning Maps please contact Cary Rogers at crogers@ksde.org

DLM Tiered Technical Assistance Resources


The KSDE SETS team will continue to provide communication for special education teachers administering the DLM during school year 2022-2023. Communication will occur via an online meeting platform using Zoom (Meeting ID: 897 7927 3623 Password: 947213 One tap mobile: +13462487799,,89779273623#,,,,,,0#,,947213# US (Houston)). There will be opportunities for questions and the webinars will be recorded and posted here.

**Content is subject to change at any time due to current events**

Webinar Dates and Topics (external link)

August 25, 2022 (Vimeo)What do I need to do to get ready for the fall test window? Slides (PDF)
September 15, 2022 – How do I write instructional plans? Slides (PDF)
October 13, 2022 – DLM resources – How do I prepare my students for the DLM? Slides (PDF)
December 1, 2022 – DLM fall test window wrap-up – What needs to be finished by Dec 16? Slides (PDF)
February 9, 2023 – DLM spring window Slides (PDF)
April 13, 2023 – DLM wrap-up – What needs to be finished by April 28 Slides (PDF)

August 26, 2021 (Vimeo) What do I need to do to get ready for the fall test window? Slides (PDF)
September 16, 2021 (Vimeo) How do I write instructional plans? Slides (PDF)
October 14, 2021 DLM resources – How do I prepare my students for the DLM? Slides (PDF)
December 2, 2021 DLM fall test window wrap-up and everything you need to know about the new HGSS classroom based assessment for 4th, 7th, and 11th graders who take the DLM. Slides (PDF)
February 10, 2022 DLM spring window Slides (PDF)
April 14, 2022 DLM wrap-up – What needs to be finished by April 29? Slides (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: crogers@ksde.org

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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(785) 296-3142

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Natalie D. Clark
(785) 296-4351

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Curricular Standards

Dr. David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

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Julie Ewing
(785) 296-2325

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