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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.

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; and
  2. The student must meet the state-established criteria identified in The Criteria Checklist for Assessing Students with Disabilities on Alternate Assessments

ESSA requires districts to inform parents when their child will participate in the OAAP

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 do provide students with an avenue to practice within the assessment system prior to Year-End testing. The Year-End assessment is required and is used for the purpose of State and federal accountability.

2019-20 OAAP Testing Schedule 

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

    DLM Resources

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

    Dynamic Learning Maps

    Educator Portal


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

    Requirements for Test Administrators

    Required test administrator training for teachers participating in 2019-20 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

    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.)

    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.

    • Click here to view 2018-19 OAAP Updates and Memos.
    • Click here to view 2017-18 OAAP Updates and Memos.

    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 August 14, 2019