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New Colorado Alternate English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessments

CoAlt: DLM

The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment program is designed to measure what students with significant cognitive disabilities know and can do. 

Manuals and additional information for this assessment can be found on Colorado's DLM page. 


Colorado has joined the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) alternate assessment consortium. DLM is a multiple-state consortium that is developing a computer-delivered alternate assessment. The DLM assessment program is designed for students with significat cognitive disabilites for whom, the general education assessments, even with accommodations, are not appropriate. Students must meet the Participation Guidelines to participate in this academic assessment.

DLM is developing an end of the year assessment that is anticipated to to replace the current CoAlt in the content areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. The assessments are anticipated to be administered for the first time during the 2014-2015 school year.

Colorado is participating in DLM in the year-end (YE) . In the year-end model, districts have the option to use instructionally embedded assessments during the year; however, these scores will not be used for accountability. In late spring, all students who qualify for the alternate assessment will be assessed on the same alternate standards. Scores for accountibiltiy are only based on the spring assessment administration.

DLM Live Webinars for District-Level Staff


Friday, September 5
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Monday, September 8
10:00 - 11:00 a.m

Data Respondent

Friday, August 29
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, September 4
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


Thursday, August 21
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Friday, August 29
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

You must register
to receive access to the webinar room

Recorded versions will be available on the DLM website 2 days after the live session. Staff who could not participate live webinars may use the recordings to learn about DLM responsibilities and procedures.  Recorded webinars can be found on the DLM district staff training resources page at 

Item Reviewers Needed for Fall 2014

Item Reviewer informational flyer (PDF)

The Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Consortium is seeking educators from its partner states to review testlets (sets of 3–8 items) for the new assessments. Panelists will review items in fall 2014.

DLM is seeking educators with a broad array of perspectives and backgrounds, especially individuals with content expertise in English language arts or math, and in education and assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Panelists will review testlets within a set window of time by previewing items on their computers and completing an online survey about each set of items. All panelists must have access to a computer with Internet access. We ask that volunteers commit to at least five review assignments during a three-month window.

To volunteer as a panelist, complete this survey. DLM will notify selected volunteers according to the following schedule:

Volunteer by

Notified of selection and to complete training by

Panelist completes training by

July 27July 30August 17
August 17August 20August 31
September 5September 12September 19

If you have any questions about DLM external review, please email

DLM Required Training for Test Administration

There are seven required training modules for Test Administrators located on the Educator Portal. CDE anticipates these trainings will be available for use by the end of September for districts who opt-in to the instructionally embedded assessments.

  • Module 1: Overview of the DLM System
  • Module 2: DLM Test Security
  • Module 3: Accessibility for All Students
  • Module 4 - YE: How the Assessment Works
  • Module 5: Preparing for the Test
  • Module 6: Computer Delivered Testlets
  • Module 7: Teacher Administered Testlets

Districts will determine if they wish their test administrators to complete the modules through a facilitated training or self-paced. All test administrators must pass all module assessments with a score of 80% or higher to give the CoAlt:DLM assessment.


Extended Evidence Outcomes

Students who qualify for alternate assessments require extensive, direct instruction and substantial supports. They are learning academic content aligned to grade level content stanards, but reduced depth, breadth, and complexity. These standards are call the Extended Evidence Outcomes (EEOs) of the Colorado Academic Standards. Colorado's EEOs were the State Board of Education unanimously adopted on August 3, 2011.

For more information on the EEOs please see the standards webpage.

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