Special Ed Assessment


Special Education
Christie Stephenson

(405) 522-3246

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 is designed to improve student achievement and change the culture of America's schools. NCLB prohibits schools from excluding students with disabilities from the educational accountability system. The Oklahoma State Department of Education, Special Education Services division is dedicated to ensuring students with disabilities and their unique needs are taken into account as they participate with their peers in the assessment process.


Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP)

Students with disabilities on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) must be included in all state and district-wide assessments. The IEP team determines annually how the student will participate in state and district-wide assessments - with or without accommodations, or using alternate assessment.  

The Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP)  is a component of the Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP) and consists of two alternate assessments.  The OAAP is intended for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who can not participate in the general assessment, even with accommodations.  The OAAP measures the academic achievement of alternate achievement standards which differ in complexity from the standards of the state curriculum. Students accessing these standards will have an IEP containing rigorous and measurable goals, and the student's IEP will also contain objectives/short-term benchmarks. The OAAP is intended for a very small population of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who meet the state-established Criteria Checklist. For federal accountability purposes, only one percent of all tested students can participate in the OAAP.  

The OAAP mirrors the general assessment system in regards to grade levels and subjects assessed. Students enrolled in grades 3-8 and 10 will be assessed in the subject areas of English/language arts and math through the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment System.   Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will also be tested in science through DLM,  In addition, high school students enrolled in US History will be assessed in US History utilizing the Pearson Portfolio.

In order for a student to participate in the OAAP:

(i) The IEP team must determine annually that the alternate assessment is most appropriate for the student; and

(ii) The student must meet the state-established Criteria Checklist.


2016-17 Alternate Assessment Testing Windows

Window Type Dates
DLM assessment    March 15 - May 12, 2017
Pearson portfolio upload    January 9 - May 12, 2017





2016-17 DLM Required Test Administrator Training Information

This document will provide general information about the required DLM training for new and returning test administrators.  Information will also be provided regarding Moodle account username and passwords.


2016-17 Additional Alternate Assessment Training Videos, Webexes, and PowerPoints\


OAAP Weekly Updates & Memos

OAAP Weekly Updates and memos contain timely information regarding the state's alternate assessment. OAAP Weekly Updates are disseminated through electronic mailing lists. Please contact Special Education Services at (405) 521-3351 if you wish to subscribe to the mailing list.


Assessment System Subjects Resources Training Help Desk

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DLM Resources 

District-Level Resources for District Test Coordinators and Special Education Directors

  • Educator Portal Help Videos - New, informative videos lasting roughly 1-2 minutes each that demonstrates Educator Portal procedures to help Data Stewards and Assessment Coordinators are now available. These videos cover topics such as adding and editing rosters manually, adding and editing students manually, exiting students manually and more.
  • Educator Portal User Guide -  Identifies Educator Portal procedures to help Data Stewards and Assessment Coordinators. Updated 10/4/16
  • Assessment Coordinator Manual - Contains guidance for preparing district and school staff for testing. Updated 10/4/16
  • Data Management Manual - Contains directions for enrolling students, creating/modifying rosters, and removing students. Updated 10/4/16.

Resources for Test Administrators

  • DLM Professional Development page - This site was developed to provide professional development for educators working with students with significant cognitive disabilities. It focuses on teaching and learning in the areas of English language arts and mathematics, while also providing important information regarding components of the Dynamic Learning Maps™ system.

  • Educator Resource Page - Webpage containing TIPs and other resources specific to test administration.

  • Test Administration Manual - Supports Test Administrators in preparing themselves and students for the DLM assessment. Updated 10/4/16

  • Accessibility Manual - Provides guidance on the selection and use of accessibility features. Updated 10/4/16


OSDE Resources

Non-Standard Accommodations

  • Click here to view details on OSTP accommodations, including information regarding non-standard accommodations

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Last updated on February 28, 2017