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CoAlt - Alternate English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessments

CoAlt: DLM

The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment program is designed to measure what students with significant cognitive disabilities know and can do.


Arti Sachdeva
Assessment Unit

Please contact Arti Sachdeva with questions about the spring 2020 administration of CoAlt ELA and Math (DLM) assessments and updates due to COVID-19.

CoAlt: Manuals

Manuals and additional information for this assessment can be found below.

CoAlt: DLM User Guides and Documents

CoAlt: Administration Training

CoAlt: Administration training Information can be found on the CDE Assessment Unit Trainings page

CoAlt: DLM Administration Important Dates

DLM Test Administrator Supports

Dynamic Learning Maps has a webpage designed specifically to provide support for educators who will be delivering the CoAlt: DLM assessment.  This page can be found at    

CoAlt: DLM Required Training for Test Administration

Requirements for the 2019-2020 school year will be provided in October. 

CoAlt: Participation 

All students who meet the participation guidelines for the CoAlt should be given the alternate in all statewide assessments.  These assessments include academic assessments in the content areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, the 9th/10th grade Alternate to the PSAT, 11th Grade Alternate to the SAT, and the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs.  

A student's Individual Education Program (IEP) team, following the guidance found in the Alternate Standards and Assessment Participation Guidelines Worksheet, and companion document, will make the decision if the student will participate in the CoAlt or CMAS assessments. Only students with a significant cognitive disability who are receiving instruction based on the Extended Evidence Outcomes (EEO) of the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) should be considered for participation in the CoAlt assessments.

CoAlt: DLM  for English Language Arts and Mathematics

The DLM year-end assessment model is used for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Colorado students who are eligible for the CoAlt: DLM assessments are assessed in ELA and math using an online, computer-based system. Multiple accessibility features and supports, including teacher administered testlets, are available to assist students in accessing the computer-based test.

The DLM system also provides instructionally embedded assessments. Districts may decide if they wish to open instructionally embedded DLM assessments to their teachers and students. Only the scores from the end-of-year window are used for accountability.

CoAlt: DLM Blueprints

English language arts and mathematics blueprints provide educators with specific guidance for individualized instruction and assessment.  The blueprints inform the structure and list the content area standards available for assessment.  

  • ELA Blueprint  (coming soon)
  • Math Blueprint (coming soon)

DLM uses nodes that represent academic skills at different levels of cognitive complexity to create assessments that are accessible to a broad range of students. Additional information on specific nodes and their linkage level skills can be found on the following pages.