Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Assessments for Students with Disabilities

All students are expected to participate in state assessments. Students with disabilities who are served in their school districts under an Individualized Education Program (IEP) as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 2004 (IDEA) and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by the President on December 10, 2015, shall be assessed in one of two ways:
1.  ACT Aspire with accommodations for grades 3-10.
2.  Students with significant disabilities, for whom the ACT Aspire assessment is not appropriate, shall participate in the following assessments: 
  • Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment System for grades 3-10 in ELA, math, and science AND for grade 11 in ELA and math.
The content standards are the same for all students in Arkansas. The difference for students with significant cognitive disabilities is the manner in which they are assessed. The results of the DLM should demonstrate progress toward meeting the Arkansas standards.
The information needed for the DLM can be found by clicking the appropriate icon below.
Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessments are designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities for whom general state assessments are not appropriate, even with accommodations. DLM assessments offer these students a way to show what they know and can do in mathematics, English language arts, and science.
Links to DLM Resources:
Accessibility, Development, Content, Administration
Information for Parents
Educator Resources ELA and math
Educator Resources Science
Arkansas Specific Information
Professional Development
Effective Date: September 1, 2014 

Revised Date: August 7, 2018


For more information, please contact:

Ann Finch, Student Assessment Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 301-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4558

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