2015 Kansas Assessment Program
in USD 457
Presentation to SAC
December 16, 2014
Instruction is Key
 We are on the right track
 Do not let assessment preparation derail
implementation of KCCRS (CCSS), MTSS and our
 Keep the focus on quality instruction
Assessments for 2015
Mathematics – will add performance task
English Language Arts
Science – not fully converted to new standards
History/Government – will add performance in future
Multidisciplinary Performance Task – more on this
 cPass
Changes for 2015
 High school test for math and ELA moves to 10th
 Multidisciplinary Performance Task (MDPT)
 Performance Task in math
 Performance Task in history/government will be
MDPT, even if prompts are science
Assessment Schedule
Math Perform
Grade 3
Science or H/G
Grade 4
Science or H/G
Grade 5
Science or H/G
Grade 6
Science or H/G
Grade 7
Science or H/G
Grade 8
Science or H/G
Grade 10
Grade 11
Similar to MDPT
Testing Window
 Math, ELA, Science, MDPT, History/Government
 March 9 to May 8
 District deadline is 1 week before the hard close date of May 15
 November 10 to December 20
 January 5 to March 16
 March 16 to May 15
 February 3 to May 1
 cPass
 October 1 to May 15
“Need Not Test” Date
 Math, ELA, Science, History/Government, MDPT
 Students entering on or after March 7 need not test
 Students entering on or after December 31 need not test
 All students must test, regardless of entry date
Newcomers Exceptions
 Math, Science
 No exemption; arrival after March 9, 2014 (last school year)
counts for participation only
 ELA, History/Government
 Arrival after March 9, 2014 (last school year) need not take
ELA or H/G; must take KELPA-P
 Follows rules for content areas
 All ELL students must take
 Accommodation forms must be completed for each student
receiving an accommodation
 Forms should already be turned in
 All accommodations are entered by the Office of Instruction
 Again this year, there will be NO HUMAN READERS
 Quiet testing environment is not considered an accommodation
 All accommodations must be part of regular instruction and
documented on a plan
 Headphones are required for all KELPA-P students
 Also needed for anyone with a read-aloud
 Next year, we are told that all students will need
 May put earbuds or headphones on supply list
 Two tests: a general test and a DLM (Alternate) test
 KAMM has been retired
 Spanish paper copies available as accommodation for
math and science
 Science assessment has only been partially aligned
with new standards
More Format
Multiple choice
Technology enhanced
These two will be machine scored
Performance tasks will be human scored
More on scoring when the state informs us
KEPLA-P is locally scored
Multidisciplinary Performance
This is the biggest change in assessments this year
Students in grades 3-8 take one MDPT
Prompts will be in either history/government or science
MDPT counts as the performance task for history test for grades
6 and 8, even if the prompt is based on science
 High school history/government test will look like MDPT
 MDPT has two parts
 Part 1: Read texts, graphs, etc. and take notes
 Part 2: Use notes and texts to compose on-demand
response to a prompt
 Each part takes about 50 minutes (untimed)
 Students will know up front if the writing should be
narrative, informative, argument/opinion
Getting on the same page
What it IS:
 An on-demand performance task
aligned to current Kansas
 A “snapshot” of a student’s
critical thinking and writing in an
on-demand environment
 For 2015, a field test
What it is NOT:
 A week-long, process-based writing
task like the old Kansas Writing
 The opportunity for students to
demonstrate the full range of their
writing abilities
 For 2015, an assessment that will
“count” for accountability at the
district or state level
Definition of MDPT
A performance task incorporating multiple disciplines
which requires students to engage with texts, images,
diagrams and other resources and then compose a
narrative, informational/ explanatory text, or opinion (35)/argument (6-HS).
The Standards
ELA Writing
Where is our common ground?
The MDPT will
seek to gain a
score for two
content areas:
ELA and Science
OR ELA and
depending on
the year and
grade. In some
grades, there
will only be an
ELA score.
2015 Field Test
What is a field test?
 The purpose of a field test is to determine whether
items/prompts will produce valid and reliable information.
Why is this necessary?
 We want to be confident in what a score on a particular
assessment means, and in order to do that, the items need
to be “tested” by students in real testing situations so that
we can determine which items provide valid and reliable
information and which do not.
2015 Field Test
What does “field test” mean for the 2015 MDPT?
• More prompts will be field tested than will be used in a single
• For this year, Science texts and prompts will be field tested in 5th
grade, even though this will be the final year or 4th graders to take
the old Science assessment.
• Grades that alternate between content area topics for the MDPT
texts and prompts will field test prompts for different subject
areas. A student could receive a Science prompt and texts, OR a
prompt and texts from HGSS or ELA. Students will only take one,
but subject areas won’t be assigned to a particular grade.
So, what will it LOOK like?
Activity 1:
Students will have one session to read/interact with and
take notes about 2-3 resources. The resources will be
provided through KITE, but students will be able to take
notes using paper/pencil.
Students will also be given a set of guiding questions to
help guide their thinking for planning, and to set them
up for a successful composition session.
So, what will it LOOK like?
Activity 2:
Students will be given a prompt in which
they will be asked to write ONE of the
Expository/Informational piece
Opinion/Argumentative piece
Students will also be provided a list of “reminders”
aligned to the rubrics to help ensure they adhere to the
scoring criteria.
Other important information
 Each session is approximately 30-50 minutes,
but both are untimed, and students needing
more time should be granted more time.
Students will be able to use their notes from
Activity 1 to inform their writing during
Activity 2.
 Students will have access to the resources in
KITE during both activities.
Other important information
 Most Multidisciplinary Performance Tasks will include:
 Stimuli
 A combination (approximately 2-3) of short, related texts
 Grades 3-5: about 750 words total
 Grades 6-8: about 1000 words total
 At least one graphic (e.g., chart, map, timeline, story arc)
 Note: Some tasks vary slightly from the information above. For
example, most HGSS-related tasks will not include a graphic.
 Guiding questions
 Students are not required to answer the guiding questions, and they will
not be scored.
 Prompt
What should a completed MDPT look like?
It should…
It likely won’t…
 follow the prompt and attempt to
adhere to the descriptors in levels
3 and 4 on the MDPT rubrics.
 be approximately 1-3 paragraphs
for grades 3-5, and approximately
3-5 paragraphs for grades 6-12. It is
okay for students to exceed these
 be able to be completed in a single
sitting (the composition portion).
 look like a polished piece of writing.
 be comparable to longer pieces of
writing completed during processbased, multi-day assignments.
 take the student several hours to
Scoring MDPT
Scoring process still unknown
Not intended to be a polished piece of writing
Rubrics similar to 6-Trait being developed
Ultimately, scores may be used for different academic
MDPT Rubrics
 Student work will be scored holistically.
 There are four performance categories on all
 All grade bands have rubrics for:
 Opinion/Argument
 Informative/Expository
 Narrative
 Note: This is another way we can open up the curriculum…by not
assigning a particular type of text to a particular grade.
How can I prepare my students?
 Focus on Instruction.
 Organize instruction around the
standards and best practices.
 Continue to teach the writing
 Focus writing curriculum around
practicing for the MDPT.
 Organize curriculum around the
MDPT requirements.
 Format all writing assignments to
be on-demand assignments.
Assessments at HS Level
 Wilted Bouquet
 US Dept. of Ed rejected Kansas request
for multiple tests at high school level
 Also rejected request for testing at 9th
Assessments at HS Level
 New plan calls for testing at grade 10,
then having students take proficiency
tests for career pathway or for
industry certification.
Ethics Training
 Required of all staff involved in testing
 No one helps with the assessments who has not been
through training
 Training done by ESC staff
 Most training on January 30
 Sign off required before testing
Reminder – Instruction is Key
 We are on the right track
 Do not let assessment preparation derail
implementation of KCCRS (CCSS), MTSS and our
 Keep the focus on instruction