Who comes up with these names? Dynamic Learning Maps? Really? When the U.S. Department of Education wants Delaware to implement changes, it is up to the Delaware Department of Education to come up with how they do it. What does Delaware do? They join a consortium with taxpayer dollars. We now have the latest from the DOE, Dynamic Learning Maps. What are they?
The name actually comes from the Dynamic Learning Maps Consortium which is a part of ATLAS. ATLAS stands for the Accessible Teaching Learning & Assessment Systems based at the University of Kansas. I wish I could say I was making this up. I can’t. I’m sorry for that.
Delaware has two state representatives involved with the DLMC (I can’t keep typing out Dynamic Learning Maps without busting out laughing. Here I go again). They are Michelle Jackson who is there for special education and Theresa Bennett who represents assessments. You can read about Delaware’s role in the DLMC here.
These changes are meant to get wide of grade band standards for alternate assessments. Why? They no longer pass peer review. Really folks, I’m just typing all this stuff. I have no idea what this really means. Perhaps the handy-dandy presentation coming up at Thursday’s State Board of Education will fill you in.