Alternate Assessment- Dynamic Learning Maps
The Alaska Alternate Assessment tests students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-9 in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 also take the Alaska Science Alternate Assessment.
The Alaska Alternate Assessment for English Language Arts and Mathematics are based on content standards called the Alaska- Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Essential Elements. These are aligned to the Alaska English Language Arts & Mathematic Standards, but reduced in complexity, breadth, and depth. The alternate achievement standards are achievement level descriptors that are different from the achievement standards for the general education assessment. The achievement levels (cut points and descriptors) reflect a different set of academic expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Eligibility of the Alaska Alternate Assessment is a decision made by the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team members on an annual basis during the IEP meeting. The IEP team must use the "Alternate Assessment Participation Criteria Checklist" found on the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) website.
Parents have the right to make educational decisions for their child, including whether to participate in statewide testing. Please check with your school principal for more information.