Special Ed Assessment

Assessment | Special Education Services

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 is designed to improve student achievement and change the culture of America's schools. NCLB 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.
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Operational Subject Area Assessments:

  • English/Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science


Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP)

There are two types of assessments within the Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP) for Grades 3-8 and End-of-Instruction (EOI) secondary level tests:

  • Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) Criterion referenced general assessment developed for the majority of students and administered with or without accommodations.
  • Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP) Alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards; intended for students who could not participate in the general assessment, even with accommodations.

The OAAP measures academic achievement of alternate achievement standards; these standards differ in complexity from the standards of the state curriculum. Students accessing these standards will have an IEP containing rigorous and measurable goals; the student's IEP will also contain objectives/short-term benchmarks. The OAAP is intended for a very small population of students with the most significant intellectual disabilities who meet the state-established Criteria Checklist. For federal accountability purposes, a one percent cap exists for the reporting of students who score proficient on the OAAP.

  • In order for a student to participate in the OAAP:

(i) The IEP team must determine annually that the alternate assessment is most appropriate for the student; and

(ii) The student must meet the state-established Criteria Checklist.

Criteria Checklist FAQ

Click here for an overview of the alternate assessment. Particular emphasis is placed on the purposes of alternate assessments, participation criteria for alternate assessments, and the types of alternate assessments available.

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Science, Mathematics and English/language arts subject areas will be assessed through Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System.

OAAP Weekly Updates & Memos

OAAP Weekly Updates and memos contain timely information regarding the state's alternate assessment. OAAP Weekly Updates are disseminated through electronic mailing lists. Please contact Special Education Services at (405) 521-3351 if you wish to subscribe to the mailing list.

  • Click here to view OAAP Weekly Updates and Memos.
Assessment System Subjects Resources Training Help Desk

Dynamic Learning Maps

Educator Portal

Training available via Educator Portal.

Using the Instructional Tools Interface (ITI)

(855) 277-9751


DLM Resources "At a Glance"

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

Resources for Test Administrators

  • Educator Resource Page - Webpage containing TIPs and other resources specific to test administration.

  • Learning Modules - Optional, interactive modules created by DLM to assist educators in developing their knowledge of standards and their application to students who qualify for the OAAP.  

  • Test Administration Manual - Supports Test Administrators in preparing themselves and students for the DLM assessment.


Students with Disabilities Participating in Assessments

Students with disabilities on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) are to 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 by means of alternate assessment. Alternate assessments are developed in lieu of general assessments and are designed to measure functional skills within the same domains required by the regular state or district wide assessment.


Accommodations include any changes that allow students with disabilities the same opportunity as students without disabilities. They may involve setting, communication, modality, equipment, and/or supplemental aids and services. Accommodations make educational opportunities accessible; they do not reduce learning expectations. 

Assessment accommodations are determined by the IEP team based off the student's needs. Assessment accommodations are documented in the student's IEP. Accommodations can only be used for state assessment purposes if they are used regularly by the student during instruction and/or classroom testing, Oklahoma Administrative Code, OAC 210:10-13-2. It is important to note that some accommodations selected for instructional use may not be state approved for use on standardized assessment.

Overview: Non-Standard Accommodations

Click here to view details on OSTP accommodations, including a two-part webcast series. The first webcast is provided by the Office of Assessments and addresses non-standard accommodations. The second webcast is provided by Special Education Services and addresses the Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR).


OSDE Resources

Modified Proficiency Score

Achieving Classroom Excellence (Ace)

Contact Us

Kurt Johnson
Alternate Assessment Project Specialist                      
(405) 522-3246


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Last updated on August 28, 2015