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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 Program (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 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 in both English and Spanish (Updated 08.10.2020). DLM has created its own DLM Parent Brochure that can also be provided to parents.

Oklahoma's Alternate Assessment Participation Waiver

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires States to ensure 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. School districts that assess more than 1.0 percent of its assessed students in any subject with the OAAP are required to submit a statement justifying this need annually (34 CFR § 200.6(c)(3)(iv)).

2018 OAAP Participation by Subgroup

2019 OAAP Participation by Subgroup

2020 OSDE Request for a waiver extension

OAAP LEA Justification Statements 2020

Justification for Exceeding 1.0 Percent OAAP Participation

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires Oklahoma to ensure the number of students assessed with the OAAP in Math, ELA and Science does not exceed 1.0 percent of the statewide student testing population. If your district is anticipating more than 1.0 percent of your testing population will participate in the OAAP for the 2021 spring operational window, your district is required to complete the online survey. Please allow yourself enough time to complete the online survey in one sitting. You may save and continue the survey later if needed. You may also use the back button to change your responses. The survey is scheduled to expire after the due date.

Survey Due February 5, 2021

2020-2021 Survey Template

OAAP Percentages by District, County, and Region

2020-2021 OAAP

Operational Testing Schedule

2021 OAAP Spring Window: March 8 - May 7, 2021 (DLM Year-End)
OAAP Subject Areas

Requirements for Test Administrators 2020-2021

Required test administrator training for teachers administering 2020-2021 DLM assessments is completed via Moodle. The Guide to DLM Required Test Administrator Training includes information about training and accessing the DLM Moodle training site.

View Required Training Protocol

New Test Administrators Required Modules
  1. Overview of the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System
  2. Understanding and Delivering Testlets in the DLM Alternate Assessments
  3. Test Administration and Scoring
  4. Preparing to Administer the Assessment
  5. Individual Education Programs Linked to the DLM Essential Elements
  6. Quiz: Who are Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities?
Returning Test Administrators Required Modules
  1. Refresher Module (Requires a passing score.)
  2. Individual Education Programs Linked to the DLM Essential Elements

2020-2021 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.

OAAP Statewide Training



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 to 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 14, 2020 - February 24, 2021

Assessment System Blueprints Manuals (2020-21) Guides & Training (2020-21)

Dynamic Learning Maps

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Last updated on June 14, 2021