Special Ed Assessment

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 by means of alternate assessment.

  • Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP) Alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards; intended for students who could not participate in the general assessment, even with accommodations.

The OAAP measures academic achievement of alternate achievement standards; these standards differ in complexity from the standards of the state curriculum. Students accessing these standards will have an IEP containing rigorous and measurable goals; 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 intellectual disabilities who meet the state-established Criteria Checklist. For federal accountability purposes, a one percent cap exists for the reporting of students who score proficient on the OAAP.

  • 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.

Criteria Checklist FAQ

Click here for an overview of the alternate assessment. Particular emphasis is placed on the purposes of alternate assessments, participation criteria for alternate assessments, and the types of alternate assessments available.

2015-16 Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program

Science, Mathematics and English/language arts subject areas will be assessed through Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System.

Social Studies will be assessed through the Pearson Portfolio.

Click here for a full OAAP calendar. Updated 2/8/16


2015-16 Alternate Assessment Testing Windows

Window Dynamic Learning Maps Pearson Portfolio


Nov. 9, 2015 to Dec. 2, 2015



Dec. 3, 2015 to Jan. 8, 2016

Nov. 16, 2015 to Jan. 8, 2016


Mar. 28, 2016 to May 13, 2016 

Extended to May 19, 2016

Jan. 11, 2016 to May 13, 2016


June 1, 2016 to Jul. 29, 2016


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

Dynamic Learning Maps

Educator Portal

(855) 277-9751




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(866) 294-9970
Email Pearson Support


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. 
  • Technical Liaison Manual - Supports Technical Liaisons in preparing schools for the technology needs of the DLM assessment. Updated 9/15/15

Resources for Test Administrators

DLM Opportunities for Feedback, Input, and Participation

  • Science Standard Setting

    • The 2015-2016 academic year is the first year the DLM science assessment is operational. Student responses obtained during this first operational testing window will be used to determine what level of mastery is associated with certain performance levels. This process is referred to as standard setting. For more information on the standard setting and to volunteer, please view this document. The deadline to volunteer to participate in a standard setting panel is April 8, 2016.

  • External Review

    • The Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Consortium is seeking educators from its partner states to review testlets (sets of 3-9 items) for the new assessments. Panelists will review items in spring 2016. The deadline to volunteer is February 29, 2016. Panelists will be chosen and notified by March 4. For more information please view this document

2014-2015 DLM Scoring

  • Parent Letter and Parent Interpretive Guide - These documents are designed to help parents gain a better understanding of their child’s overall performance in relation to the alternate achievement standards for English language arts or math. 
  • School and District Guide to DLM Results - This guide explains the individual student score reports and group results provided by the consortium. It is designed for local administrators such as principals and superintendents.

OSDE Resources

Non-Standard Accommodations

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

Modified Proficiency Score

Achieving Classroom Excellence (Ace)


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