Vermont Alternate Assessment Portfolio (VTAAP)

Alternate Assessment - Reading & Math


Students with significant disabilities (SWSD) enrolled in grades 3-8 and 11 will be required to participate in a statewide assessment for reading and math. With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), 99% of Vermont students will now participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessment beginning in Spring of 2015. Students, who cannot participate in the general assessment even with accommodations, may be eligible to take the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) alternate assessment beginning in the fall of 2014. The DLM has been adopted by the state of Vermont and will replace the Vermont Alternate Assessment Portfolio (VTAAP) in reading and math. The Science VTAAP will continue to be administered to students in grades 4, 8, and 11 and replaces the Science NECAP assessment each spring. Please click any of the links below to find out more about DLM.

Links to Currently Available Information

Save the Date: Assessment Options for Students with Special Assessment Needs

Audience: Classroom Teachers, Special Educators and Other Professionals Who Serve Students with Special Assessment Needs
On May 29, 2014, the VT Agency of Education will be hosting a conference on Assessment Options for Student with Special Assessment Needs which will provide an introduction to Vermont’s two new assessments: Smarter Balanced (SBAC) and Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM). Strategies and information needed to complete assessment participation components of IEPs, 504 Plans or EST Plans will be emphasized. Click here to view the announcement.
Contacts: Michael Hock, State Assessment Director, 802-479-1288 or; Cindy Moran, Alternate Assessment Coordinator, 802-479-1432 or

Statewide Assessment and Students with Disabilities

Presented to the Vermont Family Network by State Testing Director Michael Hock and Alternate Assessment Coordinator Cindy Moran. With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Vermont, many parents of students with disabilities are concerned about the statewide assessment of these standards and how their children will meaningfully participate. Click here to view the webinar. Click here to view the PowerPoint.

DLM Overview Webinar (Recorded on 10/27/13)

This webinar covers a broad overview of the Dynamic Learning Maps Instructional and Assessment system. A closer look at the Essential Elements is also included. Please click on this link and enter your email address to access the archived version of this presentation.

DLM Field Test Webinar (Recorded on 11/18/13)

This webinar covers the most recent updates related to the DLM Field Test. This is only preliminary information. Further details will be provided by DLM as they become available. The signup deadline for the Field Test was November 15th but DLM will consider more participants if school districts send contact information to DLM as soon as possible. (Please be aware that the powerpoint doesn’t show until 3:45 minutes into the webinar. We apologize for this technical error.)

Common Core Essential Elements (CCEE)

The Common Core Essential Elements (CCEE) are specific statements of knowledge and skills that are linked to the grade-level specific expectations in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and specify learning targets for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) consortium developed the Common Core Essential Elements to build a bridge from the content in the Common Core State Standards to expectations for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. It is important for educators who instruct this population of students to get to know and use these Essential Elements for the purposes of program development. IEPs must be linked to these Essential Elements so that students will receive the appropriate instruction in order to meet the criteria for participation in the alternate assessment.


Cindy Moran at or (802) 479-1432

Page Last Updated on May 6, 2014