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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 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 is designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The OAAP mirrors the general assessment system in regards to grade levels and subjects assessed and utilizes the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment System to measure academic content knowledge of students with significant cognitive disabilities. The academic achievement of students participating in the OAAP is measured against alternate achievement standards, which differ in complexity from the achievement standards of the general state assessments. In order to participate in the OAAP, students must require alternate achievement standards in all content areas and must have an IEP containing rigorous, measurable goals that include short-term benchmarks/objectives. In addition, students must meet the criteria identified in the The Criteria Checklist for Assessing Students with Disabilities on Alternate Assessments and the IEP team must determine an alternate assessment is appropriate for the student. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mandates that no more than 1% of all tested students may participate in an alternate assessment. IEP teams should discuss the accommodations needed for students to participate in the general assessment prior to considering eligibility in the alternate assessment.

Oklahoma's Definition of "students with the most significant cognitive disabilities"

In order for a student to participate in the OAAP:

  1. The IEP team must determine annually that the alternate assessment is most appropriate for the student;
  2. The student must meet the state-established criteria identified in The Criteria Checklist for Assessing Students with Disabilities on Alternate Assessments; and
  3. ESSA requires districts to inform parents when their child will participate in the OAAP. In response to this need, OSDE-SES has created the OAAP Parent Brochure.

Oklahoma's Alternate Assessment Participation Waiver

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires States to ensure that the total number of students assessed in a subject using an alternate assessment does not exceed 1.0 percent of the total number of students in the State who are assessed in that subject. Oklahoma's OAAP participation rate for the subject areas of Math and Reading were 1.48 percent for the 2017-18 school year. As a result of exceeding this cap, OSDE submitted a waiver extension request which was approved by the US Department of Education. School districts that assessed more than 1.0 percent of its assessed students in any subject with the OAAP were required to submit a statement justifying this need. Statements are available to the public through the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Special Education Services upon request (34 CFR § 200.6(c)(3)(iv)).

SY 2017-18 OAAP Participation by Sugroup

2019-2020 OAAP

OAAP Training

In-person trainings for the OAAP are being offered Fall 2019:  2019-2020 In-Person OAAP Training Schedule and Registration Links

OAAP Updates & Memos

OAAP Updates and memos contain timely information regarding the State's alternate assessment system and are disseminated through electronic mailing lists. Please fill out this form if you wish to receive OAAP Updates and memos via the mailing list.

2019-2020 OAAP Testing Schedule

2020 OAAP Spring Window: 3/9 - 5/1 (DLM Year-End)
OAAP Subject Areas

    Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

    Alternate assessments are delivered through the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM), which is an online platform. For some students, teachers present the items and enter the student's response into the online platform.

    DLM Offers Two Types of Assessments

    The DLM Alternate Assessment system contains both an Instructionally Embedded (IE) assessment and a Year-End (YE) assessment. Instructionally Embedded assessments are optional, but are highly recommended. The optional IE assessments do not affect student performance level results, but are designed to integrate classroom instruction and assessment in a cycle throughout the year. The Year-End assessment is required and is used for the purpose of State and federal accountability.

    DLM Instructionally Embedded Assessment Window (Optional): September 9th - February 26th

    Requirements for Test Administrators

    Required test administrator training for teachers participating in 2019-2020 DLM testing is available in Moodle. The Guide to DLM Required Test Administrator Training (pdf) is a great place to start, with information about accessing the DLM Moodle training site for your first log in.

    View Required Training Protocol: School Year 2019-2020

    Assessment System Blueprints (2019-20) Manuals (2019-20) Guides & Training (2019-20)

    Dynamic Learning Maps

    Educator Portal

    (844) 261-6481

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

    Additional Alternate Assessment Training Videos, Webexes, and PowerPoints

    1% Waiver Requirements and Alternate Assessment Participation Criteria Training PowerPoint. (This training PowerPoint does not replace the required online DLM training.)


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    Last updated on October 11, 2019