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Alternate Assessment: Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

3 months ago

All children participate in State accountability assessments. The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) provides an instructionally relevant system that supports student learning and measures what students with significant cognitive disabilities know and can do.

Students with significant cognitive disabilities will have access to, participate in, and make progress in the general education curricula in compliance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA; 2004) and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. These students may be precluded from taking regular or substitute course offerings as defined in Alaska Regulation 4 AAC 06.078. Alternate assessments designed for these students offer assessments in the same content at the same grade levels as the general content assessments. If a student meets the eligibility criteria, the IEP team may recommend the Alaska Alternate Assessment. It is expected that only a small number (less than one percent) of all students will be eligible to participate in an alternate assessment.  These students may be awarded a certificate of completion or attendance, based on completion of the IEP goals or attendance, rather than a high school diploma. (See 4 AAC 06.790 for definitions.)

The  alternate assessments are based on content standards for English language arts, mathematics, and science called the Alaska Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Essential Elements. The Essential Elements are aligned to Alaska's content standards, but reduced in complexity, breadth, and depth. The Essential Elements are located on the DLM website.

The alternate achievement standards are achievement level descriptors that are different from the achievement standards for the general education expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities.


Talking to Parents About DLM Score Reports

Alaska Developmental Profile

3 months ago

The Alaska Developmental Profile is required by State law to be completed for all students entering Kindergarten or students entering first grade who did not attend a public Kindergarten in Alaska.

The purpose of the Alaska Developmental Profile is to identify, record, and summarize the skills and behaviors students demonstrate at the beginning of their Kindergarten year, based on teacher observations. Student skills and behaviors are defined by goals and indicators in the five domains of Alaska's Early Learning Guidelines: physical well-being, health, and motor development; social and emotional development; approaches to learning; cognition and general knowledge; and communication, language, and literacy. Per Regulation, these ratings must be completed and submitted before November 1 of each school year.

Visit the Department of Education and Early Development website if you would like more information on the Alaska Developmental Profile.


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College or Career Readiness Assessment

3 months ago

The Juneau School District provides funding for all students to take a College- or Career-Readiness Assessment (CCRA). The approved career-readiness assessment is Workkeys; the approved college- readiness assessments are the ACT or the SAT. Students choose which assessment best fits their post-secondary path.

The Juneau School District will pay for one administration of one College- or Career-Readiness Assessment (CCRA) per student while the student is in grade 11. High school students may take the assessment during the scheduled school day(s) of administration.

The following websites provide parent information for each assessment:

o WorkKeys:

o ACT:

o SAT:

The Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) also requires students to take WorkKeys, the SAT or the ACT to earn an award. The APS has different requirements regarding student scores. Please visit for more information on qualifying for the APS.

For more information or questions regarding this new requirement, please contact your high school guidance counselor or principal.

DIBELS Next (Early Literacy Screener) 

3 months ago

The Juneau School District administers the DIBELS Next assessment three times a year to all students in grades K-5. It is an assessment used to measure the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Taken from the Dynamic Measurement Group website:

DIBELS stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills , and is comprised of six measures that function as indicators of the essential skills that every child must master to become a proficient reader.

The DIBELS measures are brief (most take one minute to administer), and are used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills. DIBELS was designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in the acquisition of basic early literacy skills, in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.

DIBELS has been specifically designed to be used within a problem-solving, outcomes-driven model of decision-making and response to intervention. The DIBELS measures are reliable and valid. Research-based benchmark goals are available which define a level at which the odds are in the student's favor of meeting later reading outcome goals.

English Language Proficiency (ELP)

3 months ago

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessment

Students in grades Kindergarten through 12 who have been formally identified as English learners (EL)  must be assessed annually to monitor their progress in acquiring academic English. Alaska’s secure large-scale English language proficiency (ELP) assessment is based on the WIDA* English Language Proficiency Standards, 2007. The assessment is called WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. It is a tool used to assess the proficiency levels of EL students’ receptive and productive skills in English in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The English language proficiency assessment focuses on the progress and proficiency levels of academic language rather than content area knowledge and skills, therefore, some accommodations that might be appropriate for the classroom or content areas tests should not be used with the ELP assessment as they will invalidate the test. Assessment administration information is available on the World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) website. Additional information is available on the  Alaska Department of Education and Early Development website.

Alternate English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessment

The Alternate ELP assessment is an assessment of English language proficiency (ELP) for students in grades 1 -12 who are formally identified as English learners (EL) and have significant cognitive disabilities that prevent their meaningful participation in the regular English language proficiency assessment. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB; 2001) requires that all students identified as EL be assessed annually for English language proficiency, including students who receive special education services. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA; 2004) also mandates that students with disabilities participate in state-wide and district-wide assessment programs, including alternate assessments with appropriate accommodations, when it is documented in their Individualized Education Programs (IEP).

Each test form in the Alternate ELP test assesses the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Test forms are divided into the following grade-level clusters: 1 – 2, 3 – 5, 6 – 8 and 9 – 12.


Parent/Guardian Handout for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0
Parent/Guardian Handout for Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 Score Reports
Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports
Interpretive Guide for WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Reports

Measuring Academic Progress (MAP)

about 1 year ago

The Juneau School District administers the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics to students in grades 3-10 three times a year. 

MAP tests are adaptive, meaning that they dynamically adjust to each student's performance. As a student answers a test question on a computer, the program immediately analyzes the student's response, and based on how well the student has answered previous questions, selects a question of appropriate difficulty to display next.

MAP are interim assessments that measure growth, project proficiency on high-stakes tests, and inform how educators differentiate instruction, evaluate programs, and structure curriculum.

MAP assessments are grade independent and adapt to each student's instructional level. Every item on a MAP assessment is anchored to a vertically aligned equal interval scale, called the RIT scale for Rasch UnIT — a stable measurement, like inches on a ruler, that covers all grades.

And because the measurement is reliable and accurate, RIT scores serve as an essential data point in a student's learning plan; educators can see their precise learning level and respond accordingly.

Parents Guide to MAP Growth
Parent Toolkit
Essentials: Continuum of Learning

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

3 months ago

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a national assessment of a representative sampling of America's students in grades 4 and 8 conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics. Results are only given at the state-level; no school or student results are provided.

NAEP is administered by a federally contracted assessment team that receives extensive training to ensure consistent administration across the nation.

The 2017 administration of NAEP will be administered for the first time as a digitally based assessment. 

The Juneau School District administers the assessment every two years. The following schools will be administering the NAEP during the 2018-2019 school year:

Auke Bay Elementary; Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, Floyd Dryden Middle School, Glacier Valley Elementary, Harborview Elementary, HomeBRIDGE (grade 4 only), Juneau Community Charter School (grade 8 only), Mendenhall River Community School, and Riverbend Elementary.

Additional information regarding the NAEP can be found on the  Alaska Department of Education and Early Development website.


•  NAEP Facts for Districts

PEAKS Assessment

3 months ago

The Performance Evaluation for Alaska's Schools (PEAKS) Assessment is a summative assessment administered to all students in grades 3 through 9 every spring.

The Spring of 2017 was the first administration of the assessment. This assessment measures the skills and concepts of the Alaska English/Language Arts (ELA) and Math Standards.

The assessment provides information to parents, educators, policy makers, communities, and businesses about how Alaska's schools and district's are performing.

For more information about this assessment and the standards measured visit the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) website.


Parent Guide to Student Reports
Educator Guide to Assessment Reports

Alaska Science Assessment

3 months ago

The Alaska Science Assessment is a statewide summative assessment that measures the Alaska Science Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) adopted in 2006 for students in grades 4, 8, and 10.  It is administered every spring.

The assessment provides information to parents, educators, policy makers, communities, and businesses about how Alaska's schools and district's are performing.

For more information about this assessment and the standards measured visit the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) website.


Parent Guide to Student Reports
Educator Guide to Assessment Reports