Test Updates

Science Professional Development Modules Fri, December 01, 2017

Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) is pleased to offer science professional development modules 1 and 2, which are designed to help teachers learn about DLM science assessment structure and Essential Elements, as well as how to engage students in learning the concepts of the Essential Elements.

Special education teachers sometimes feel they need extra support adopting the new multidimensional approach that incorporates both science concepts and science practice in science education. These modules, titled DLM Science Standards Framework and Science and Engineering Practices, walk teachers through the process of including science concepts and practices in instruction. Since DLM science testlets are based on the multidimensional approach, these modules help teachers prepare students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills during the assessment.

You can access the science modules on the DLM professional development website by clicking here and selecting Science on the left sidebar. The modules are available in both facilitated and self-directed formats.

Learn Helpful Testing Tips by Visiting the Educator Resource Videos Page Tue, November 14, 2017

As you begin testing in the instructionally embedded window, the Educator Resource Videos page is a great place to find quick and informative videos that answer many questions about the DLM® system, KITE® Client, and Educator Portal. Many of the videos are less than five minutes long and provide valuable information on topics such as

  • using KITE Client,
  • using the Instructional Tools Interface,
  • training about the personal learning profile, and
  • verifying rosters and student data.

At this time of year, users who are not familiar with ITI will benefit from the videos titled “Using the Instructional Tools Interface” and “How to Use the Instructional Tools Interface.”

The videos listed on this page serve as a quick start guide by providing walkthroughs on a number of topics that are frequently visited by users.

Technology Updates for KITE Client Running macOS 10.13.0 Mon, October 02, 2017

This test update applies to KITE® Client devices running macOS 10.13.0. If your testing devices use any other operating system, please disregard this message.

Shortly after the release of KITE Client 5.0, Apple updated their operating system making it necessary for KITE Client users to complete a manual update.

  • For users who have KITE Client installed and have upgraded to macOS 10.13.0, uninstall and reinstall KITE Client using these Mac instructions and the installer available on the KITE Suite webpage.
  • At this time, Apple is working to correct a display issue, also unique to the macOS 10.13.0 system. A workaround is included in the Mac instructions.  

Devices that are not updated will not be able to run KITE Client. No other operating systems are affected. Educator Portal is not affected.

We apologize for the need to do an uninstall and reinstall of KITE Client to provide the necessary changes in KITE Client to address the update to macOS 10.13.0. and the use of a workaround to correct display issues until Apple deploys a fix.

Please share this test update with technology personnel and anyone using the macOS 10.13.0 operating system and KITE Client.

Reminder to Update Devices to KITE Client 5.0 for 2017-18 Tue, September 19, 2017

KITE® Client is the interface used by students taking Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) assessments. Prior to testing in the instructionally embedded window, which opens in some states on September 20, 2017, please ensure that the most recent version of KITE Client is installed on devices. For new devices that have never had KITE Client installed, please see the instructions for downloading KITE 5.0 on the DLM website under the KITE Suite heading.

For devices that have a previous version of KITE Client (version 3.0 was used during the 2016-17 school year), the KITE Client interface will be automatically updated to KITE Client 5.0 for the 2017-18 school year.

  • Auto-update will be prompted when the device is powered on, connected to the internet, and KITE Client is launched.
  • Auto-update went out August 31, 2017.
  • After the update is downloaded, the user will prompted to restart KITE Client.

The auto-update takes about 10 minutes. Be sure to allow enough time for the auto-update.

Updated Manuals, Resources, and Training for 2017-18 Available on DLM Website Wed, August 16, 2017

As the new school year begins, important testing-related information and updated resources are being published on your state’s DLM® webpage. We encourage everyone to visit www.dynamiclearningmaps.org, navigate to the States dropdown in the blue ribbon, and bookmark your state’s webpage.

Manuals

All DLM manuals have been updated for the 2017-18 school year and are available on your state’s DLM webpage. These resources are valuable in helping educators prepare for DLM assessments. In the first few pages of each manual, a “What’s New in this Version?” section provides an overview of topics that have been added and/or enhanced in the updated version.

Resources

A number of other helpful resources have also been updated for this year. An updated Guide to Practice Activities and Released Testlets can be found under the Manuals and Blueprints dropdown on your state’s webpage. You will also find an updated Guide to DLM Required Test Administrator Training document to help you prepare for required test administrator training in Moodle in 2017-18.

District Training

Refreshed district training resources will be available in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for updated Assessment Coordinator, Data Management, and Technology Specifications training on the District Staff Training Resources page. A link to this page can be found under the Videos, Training, and Educator Resources dropdown on your state’s webpage. After you complete the training, you may sign up for an optional Q&A session this fall.

2016-2017 Testing Window Comes to a Successful Conclusion Thu, July 06, 2017

As we wrap up the 2016-2017 school year, all of us on the Dynamic Learning Maps® team and the Service Desk team would like to congratulate you for what was a marvelous testing window. We were thrilled to see that in almost all cases, testing went smoothly across the consortium.

At the conclusion of the spring testing window, over 1.2 million test sessions were completed by more than 85,000 students. We can also share that nearly 42,000 teacher surveys have been completed. Survey feedback is vital for future system enhancements. The entire DLM® staff and our state partners are dedicated to making our assessment system, as well as its ancillary services, accommodating to both the teachers and the students so that we are able to provide the best possible services for the entire consortium.

Thank you very much for your part in making the 2016-2017 testing year a success and we look forward to continue to build upon that success next year and for years to come.

Helpful Tips to Ensure Optimal Test Administration Wed, April 05, 2017

For the best testing experience, teachers may wish to check the status of KITE Client before logging into the system.

How to tell if it is a good time to test a student.

Go to  http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/kite

If the status of KITE Client is green, you should be good to go. If the status is yellow, and you have the flexibility to wait, you may wish to delay testing students.

How to tell if it is a good time to manage data or create a new report.

Go to  http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/kite

If the status of Educator Portal is green, you should be good to go. If the status is yellow, and you have the flexibility to wait, you may wish to delay managing data or obtaining new reports.

System Timeout

Typically, a student can be inactive in KITE Client for up to 90 minutes. If a student requires a break that lasts longer than 90 minutes, the system will log out automatically and the student’s responses will not be saved.

A similar principle applies when student testing is interrupted due to a timeout issue. The intended user experience is:

  • if the student is logged back in to KITE Client within 90 minutes, then responses entered should be saved. The best practice is for the teacher and student to review the testlet together from the beginning.
  • if the student is logged back in to KITE Client after 90 minutes have passed, the responses are not saved.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and challenges this presents for you and your students. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we work to return to an optimal testing experience within KITE Client.

Where to Find Test Tickets and TIPs Thu, March 23, 2017

Are you looking for test tickets and Testlet Information Pages in Educator Portal? The View Test Tickets and TIPs video on the Educator Resource Videos page is a great resource that details step-by-step instructions for how to access both test tickets and TIPs within Educator Portal.

Why Don’t I See Testlets? Thu, March 16, 2017

Are you ready to administer the assessment but see that your student isn’t being assigned testlets? When test administrators report that they are not able to administer testlets, please check to be sure that all tasks below have been completed:

  • The test administrator must complete the required training in Moodle and pass the quizzes at 80% or higher.
  • The Security Agreement in Educator Portal for 2016-17 must read, agreed to, and signed.
  • The First Contact survey must be completed and submitted.
  • Test administrators must have the Teacher role in Educator Portal as well as an educator identifier associated with their account.
  • Students must be rostered to the test administrator in each applicable content area. Content areas include ELA, M, SCI, and SS. If a student is rostered to a course instead of the content area, they will not be assigned testlets.

Please see the section in the Test Administration Manual titled “Before Beginning Assessments” for more details. If you have completed all associated tasks above and a student is still not receiving testlets, please contact your Assessment Coordinator.

Do Not Create or Change Rosters Until Monday Thu, March 09, 2017

States and districts are asked to not create or change rosters until Monday, March 13 at 8:00 a.m. Central time.

During this time, ATS is proactively reviewing rosters for all states, and removing courses where courses are included.

After Monday at 8:00 a.m. states and districts are encouraged to check rosters and correct subjects if necessary. To correct a subject on a roster, create a new roster and move the students to the new roster. The old roster will automatically be deleted after removing the last student.

For more information see the Test Update from March 2 and the Data Management Manual (sections titled Change Roster Data and Manage Roster Data).

Rostering Students to Content Area Only Thu, March 02, 2017

When you are creating rosters for DLM® assessments, you should only select the content area and not the specific course. DLM content area choices include ELA, M, SCI, and SS if using the roster upload template to create rosters. When using the user interface, the content area choices are listed as English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. If you roster a student and assign them to a course, the student will not be assigned testlets during the spring window.

Updated DLM Resources for 2017 Spring Testing Preparation Wed, February 22, 2017

In preparation for the opening of the 2017 DLM® spring testing window, updated Materials Collections Lists have been posted on the Educator Resource Pages. These are lists of materials by subject and grade, including materials to use with alternate test forms for students with visual impairments. The lists contain materials commonly needed in testlets and materials that may be substituted unless the TIP specifically states that no substitutions are allowed. This gives test administrators more opportunity to prepare for the assessment before the testing window opens. Please check below for a link to the Materials Collections Lists for your state. You can also access these lists on the Educator Resource Page via your state’s webpage under the Videos, Training, and Educator Resources dropdown.

A Writing Testlet FAQ has also been updated for spring 2017 and added to the Educator Resource Pages. The DLM writing testlets assess a student’s ability to communicate using writing and the precursor skills that lead to writing. The FAQ details how writing testlets are assessed in DLM testlets as well as how to prepare to administer a writing testlet as a test administrator. Check below for the link to the writing testlet FAQ for your state.

For Integrated States
(IA, KS, MO, ND, VT)

For Year-End States
(AK, CO, IL, NH, NJ, NY, OK, UT, WI, WV)

Science

Upcoming Closing of Instructional Tools Interface in Educator Portal Mon, February 20, 2017

The Instructional Tools Interface (ITI) test window will be closed for the year on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. At that time, the Instructional Tools tab inside of Educator Portal will not be visible. Testlets delivered, but not completed in KITE Client will no longer appear.

Please complete all open instructional plans before February 28. After that date, you may still view information about completed plans using the DLM Test Administration Monitoring Extract. See the Educator Portal User Guide on your state’s webpage for information about how to pull and read the extract.

DLM Building Principal and District Administrator Training Available Tue, February 14, 2017

A new training video for Building Principals and District Administrators is available on the DLM® website. Key topics include:

  • Student eligibility criteria
  • Test delivery overview
  • Monitoring assessments

After completing training, you have the opportunity to enroll in an optional Q&A chat session if you still have questions. Please check below for a link to the training video and to see when the Q&A session will occur for your state.

For Integrated States
(IA, KS, MO, ND, VT)

For Year-End States
(AK, CO, IL, NH, NJ, NY, OK, UT, WI, WV)

For Science-Only States
(MD)

Ensure Accuracy in Data Uploads with Simple Apostrophe Fri, February 10, 2017

CSV file formatting can be difficult as leading zeroes have a tendency to drop out of cells after a file is saved and closed. Users may retain leading zeroes by adding an apostrophe at the beginning of numeric codes such as those for a student’s district or school. For example, the code 001234 would be entered into a CSV file as ‘001234.

It is not always necessary to use an apostrophe to retain leading zeroes. For example, alphanumeric codes do not require an apostrophe to retain leading zeroes. An apostrophe is also not needed before dates because DLM upload templates are set to retain MM/DD/YYYY formatting for all dates.

For more information about CSV uploads, see the Data Management Manual. The manual is available on your state’s page on the DLM website.

Track Test Progress with New Field in Educator Portal Fri, February 03, 2017

Teachers have a new way to quickly track a student’s testing progress in Educator Portal. When accessing a student’s username and password, the nearby Test Progress field displays the number of testlets that have been completed out of the number of testlets required per subject (e.g., Testlet 1 of 5, Testlet 2 of 5). This field only applies to testlets assigned during the spring assessment window.

For more information about the new Test Progress field, see the updated Educator Portal User Guide section called View Student Username and Password. The manual is available on your state’s page on the DLM website.

Updates Made to DLM Manuals Tue, January 03, 2017

The Data Management Manual and Educator Portal User Guide have been updated and placed on the state pages of the DLM website. Each manual contains changes to the following items:

Data Management Manual

  • Table and screenshots updated to show new Help feature in Educator Portal
  • Blueprint Coverage Report added to Roles and Permissions in EP table
  • Inactive users will not display unless chosen
  • Rosters cannot be changed after state window closes

Educator Portal User Guide

  • Hint added, screenshots updated to show new Help button in Educator Portal
  • Note added to show that rosters cannot be changed after state window closes
  • Manage Tests now defaults to show only incomplete sessions
  • New features for IM states:
    • Blueprint Coverage Report added
    • Blueprint Coverage Summary Extract added

Please dispose of any printed or saved copies of these manuals.

Updates Made to DLM Manuals Thu, November 10, 2016

All manuals have been updated and have been placed on the state pages of the DLM website.

Data Management Manual:
User Roles Table
Roles and Permissions in Educator Portal
Manage Student Moves and Transfers
Manage Data Verification and Revisions
Troubleshooting

Educator Portal User Guide:
Changes to user role capabilities

Test Administrator Manual:
Video-based Testlets section added

All Manuals:
Updated URLs for the new DLM website release

Please dispose of any printed or saved copies of these manuals.

Bookmark Webpages to Quickly Find Information Wed, October 26, 2016

Please share these important webpages with your teammates. Take time to bookmark them so you always have easy access.

Educator Portal login https://educator.cete.us

Dynamic Learning Maps home page http://dynamiclearningmaps.org

Your DLM state page http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/yourstatename

KITE Suite information and downloads http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/kite

New DLM Website Goes Live Thu, October 20, 2016

For the past few months, DLM® staff have been diligently working on providing the consortium with a new, more user-friendly website. Production is complete and the new site is now live.

Most importantly with this update, the state pages are newly designed to provide easier access. When opening your state’s webpage, you will see the new design layout with clickable dropdown categories that hold the resources. Other popular pages are accessible using the blue ribbon at the top of each page. Each state’s page URL remains the same.

Although the state page URLs did not change, many other pages have new URLs. Please browse through the site and update your bookmarks as necessary since previously bookmarked pages could be broken. We hope this update makes it easier for you to efficiently access the documents that you need and provides a more positive overall experience with the Dynamic Learning Maps® Consortium.

DLM Manuals Updated Thu, September 29, 2016

Updates have been made to some DLM® manuals in response to the September software release. These updates include edits to user roles, data extracts, braille sections, and the addition of new KITE® error messages. The affected manuals are:

  • Educator Portal User Guide
  • Data Management Manual
  • Accessibility Manual
  • Test Administration Manual
  • Assessment Coordinator Manual

See your state’s webpage for an updated copy of your state’s version of each of these manuals.

KITE Client 3.0 Release and Service Desk Open Forum Sessions Mon, September 19, 2016

On September 19 KITE® Client 3.0 was released and made available for download. It is required that all testing devices must be updated to the new KITE Client in order to deliver the DLM alternate assessment for the 2016–17 school year. You will not be able to administer any tests on previous versions of KITE Client. The 3.0 download, instructions, and a list of supported platforms can be found here. Installation and updates are typically handled by your local technology personnel. Please note that Windows users MUST delete older KITE® Client folders from your Program Files (x86) folder before installing version 3.0.

In an effort to provide support to districts when installing KITE® Client 3.0, the DLM Service Desk will host two open forum sessions for users who require assistance during the install. The first forum session is September 19–21 and the second session is September 26–28 from 8–5 Central Time. The phone number and PIN needed to dial in to the KITE open forum sessions are listed below.   

Open Forum Call-in Number: 977-278-8686
PIN: 233244

Kansas Users: District users in Kansas will receive Kansas-specific information from their state education agency explaining the KITE Client 3.0 release.  

Updated DLM Data Management Manual Wed, September 07, 2016

The Dynamic Learning Maps Data Management Manual has been updated to reflect that the Primary Disability Code is in fact required in order to add a student manually in Educator Portal. Please dispose of any printed or saved copies of the original version of this manual.

New and Updated Resources for DLM Assessments in 2016–17 Tue, August 30, 2016

As the 2016–17 school year begins, several new and updated resources are available to help educators and district staff prepare for DLM assessments. Below you will find a list of the new and updated resources as well as where they can be found. Don’t forget to bookmark your state webpage to have easy access to DLM resources.

  • Manuals

We updated and reorganized manuals for the 2016–17 school year, which means new names and brand new manuals. The Accessibility Manual, Assessment Coordinator Manual, and Test Administration Manual are updated for this year. What you formerly knew as the Data Steward and Technical Liaison Manuals are now the Data Management and Technology Specifications Manuals, respectively. For your convenience, the includes procedures for test administrators, assessment coordinators, and other users, all in one handy place. (Note, data procedures are included in the Data Management Manual). Each manual can be found on your state’s webpage.

  • District Staff Training Videos

New training videos assist assessment coordinators, data personnel, and technology personnel who want to prepare to support DLM assessments in their districts. Click your state link below to watch videos, view FAQs, and sign up for Q&A sessions.

  • Required Test Administrator Training

Required training for test administrators is available here. Check with your assessment coordinator to find out when training starts in your state.

  • Educator Resource Videos

Ready to supplement your knowledge of DLM assessments even further? Four new instructional and informational videos support specific aspects of the DLM system. The videos cover topics like getting started in Educator Portal, ITI, and Personal Learning Profiles. Links to the videos can be found here.

  • Blueprints

Both English Language Arts and Math blueprints have been updated to reflect the 2016–17 school year. No content has been changed and they can be found on each state webpage.

KITE Client Software Update for DLM Alternate Assessment Tue, August 02, 2016

KITE® Client 3.0 is scheduled to release in mid-September. All users must install the new KITE Client in order to deliver the DLM alternate assessment during the 2016-17 school year.

The new software update covers all platforms and includes new Chrome and iPad apps. For more information on KITE Client, including status, system requirements, and installation instructions, see our KITE Suite webpage.

Reminder for DLM Test Administrators to Complete the Security Agreement Tue, August 02, 2016

Test administrators are expected to deliver the DLM assessments with integrity and maintain the security of testlets. Starting on August 5, 2016, you must renew your DLM Security Agreement for the 2016-17 school year through Educator Portal under My Profile. If you do not agree to the Security Agreement (and complete the Required Test Administrator Training), you will not have access to information in the Test Management section of Educator Portal. For a step-by-step procedure, see the Educator Portal User Guide section called Complete Security Agreement.

New List Provider Wed, July 13, 2016

As of June 26, 2016 KU Information Technology has introduced a new way to manage announcement lists called Mailman. As a list subscriber you should see very few changes in the communications you receive from DLM Test Updates.  

Changes to Note:

  • Email announcements will now come from dlmft3-l@lists.ku.edu
  • To remove your address from the list, send an email to DLMFT3-L-leave@lists.ku.edu from the email address you wish to remove from the list (no body,  or subject line needed)
  • The old list address dlmft3-l@listproc.cc.ku.edu is no longer a valid email address
Educator Portal Maintenance Mon, June 27, 2016

Educator Portal is offline for updates beginning Monday, June 27. When it reopens on Tuesday, June 28, Users and Roles tabs will not be available. These tabs are expected to return to full functionality by Wednesday, July 6. We apologize for this inconvenience.

KITE Client will also be unavailable to users beginning at 3pm CT on Monday, June 27. This application is expected to reopen Tuesday, June 28. 

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