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.
This powerpoint provides an introduction to Vermont's two
new assessments - Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)
and Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) - for teachers, special
educators, and other professionals who serve students with
special assessment needs. Strategies and information needed to
complete assessment participation components of IEPs, 504 plans
or EST plans are emphasized.
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
here to view the PowerPoint.
Common Core Essential Elements
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.