About the Assessment
All children in grades K-6 who meet Iowa’s Alternate Assessment eligibility requirements will participate in the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Aligned K-6 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment, which is the state-approved early literacy alternate assessment and meets the requirements for screening and progress monitoring. It is a structured portfolio assessment on six scales aligned to K-6 English/language arts literacy strands. Student information and results are reported three times a year in an online database built specifically for early literacy alternate assessment. The DLM Aligned K-6 Early Alternate Assessment is a year-long instructionally-embedded assessment that includes three assessment windows and three reporting windows. For 2017-18, the assessment and reporting windows are:
Fall: Assessment Window: Sept. 20-Nov. 30, 2017 Reporting Window: Dec. 1-15, 2017
Winter: Assessment Window: Jan. 3-Feb. 12, 2018 Reporting Window: Feb. 12-27, 2018
Spring: Assessment Window: March 12-May 3, 2018 Reporting Window: May 4-18, 2018
Teachers are required to enter student performance within the State of Iowa’s Early Literacy Alternate Assessment (ELAA) online system by the end date of each reporting window. District data stewards and alternate assessment coordinators have the access codes for teachers to create log-ins.
The DLM Aligned K-6 Early Alternate Assessment manual and other instructional resources are located on the Iowa Department of Education’s Alternate Assessment webpages.
The criteria for participation in Iowa’s Alternate Assessments reflect the pervasive nature of a significant cognitive disability. IEP teams should use the early literacy flowchart of options and the State of Iowa’s Alternate Assessment Participation Guidelines programmed into the State Web Individual Education Program (IEP) and located on the Iowa Department of Education’s Alternate Assessment webpages (PDF).
Students who participate in Iowa’s Alternate Assessments will not participate in Iowa’s standard early literacy assessments.
District Assessment Preparation Steps, Aug. 30-Sept. 20, 2017
1. All teachers complete the DLM Aligned K-6 Early Alternate Assessment required training through AEA PD Online.
2. District alternate assessment coordinators, building administrators and teachers create accounts in the State of Iowa’s ELAA online system. District alternate assessment coordinators register themselves and their building administrators and send teachers a security access code so they may register for an account. Directions for creating a user account are found in a tutorial located on the ELAA online system homepage under the support tab.
3. Teachers create a classroom roster and complete student profile activities. Unlike the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment (DLM), there are no district data stewards for the DLM Aligned K-6 Early Alternate Assessment. Teachers manage their own rosters (e.g., create rosters, enroll and transfer students).
Requirements for Keeping Evidence Used in Ratings
- Each scale will need to have three pieces of student evidence (from three separate teaching and learning events) with a completed cover sheet available from the Iowa Department of Education's website that will support the score given for each scale.
- Evidence does not need to be from three different types of data (e.g., one photo, one work sample, one video).
- Teachers will enter the score for each scale in the ELAA online system.
- Teachers will maintain the evidence and cover sheets used for determining the score for each scale.
- Any additional evidence not used to determine a score can be given to parents.
State of Iowa’s Early Literacy Alternate Assessment (ELAA) Online System Support Desk
To request assistance from the State of Iowa’s ELAA Online System Support Desk, district staff will submit a support ticket. Directions for submitting a support ticket are found in a tutorial located on the ELAA online system homepage under the support tab.
When contacting the Early Literacy Alternate Assessment Online System Support Desk or the Iowa Department of Education for assistance in administering the DLM Aligned K-6 Early Alternate Assessment, the only allowable student information districts may share via email is the student’s state identification number. Do not include the student’s name or date of birth.
Note: 3rd through 6th graders eligible for alternate assessment will participate in BOTH the K-6 early literacy alternate assessment and the DLM.