Assessment Update - Kansas State Department of Education

Kansas State Board of Education
July 9, 2013
Scott Smith
Assessment Update: Policies and
Procedures for 2014
Looking Ahead
Waiver Update
SBAC Field Test Update
CETE Transitional Assessments
ACT and ACT Aspire Assessments
Important Waiver Language:
• “We want to support states that would like to
avoid double-testing students. Therefore, we are
open to any state impacted by double-testing to
request a one-year waiver to allow schools that
participate in a field test to have students take only
one end-of-year test. In those schools, provisions
for school-level accountability would stay the same
for a year, as would intervention plans that support
low-performing students – we want to make sure
there’s no reduction in the intensity of support for
such students.”
Waiver Option Considerations:
(1) 10% SBAC sample requirement
(2) 90% remainder beneficial for transitional
(3) Consult Kansas Assessment Advisory Council
and other districts regarding administration
Providing Field Test Information:
Achievement Level Descriptors
Assessment Blue Print
Sample Items and Performance Assessments
NOTE: SBAC provides detailed information on
each of the new item types that are part of the
field test on the assessment blueprint.
Kansas participation data for SBAC pilot:
68 districts
106 buildings
9,242 students (10% used iPads)
Consortium data: 561,910 tests completed
SBAC Progress Toward A Final Assessment
• Cognitive Labs: Individual students provided
feedback to test developers about their
experience with the innovative test questions,
accommodations for students with special
needs, and the testing software. (translation vs.
• Small-scale Trials: Promising types of questions
and software features were further tried out
with hundreds of students.
Recall: SBAC Practice Test was launched on Wednesday, May 29
• Balanced released the Practice Tests for grades 3–8
and 11 in both English language arts/literacy and
mathematics. The Practice Tests include test
questions with some of the same features that
students will experience in 2014-15, including
selected-response items, constructed-response
items, technology-enhanced items, and
performance tasks in ELA/literacy.
These tests can be accessed by students, teachers,
parents, and other interested parties throughout
this summer and the 2013-14 school year.
SBAC Releases Scoring Guides!
• Practice Test scoring guides released—Practice Test
scoring guides for grades 3–8 and 11 (ELA/literacy
and mathematics) and scoring guides for grades 3,
7, and 11 Braille (mathematics) were posted on
Monday, July 1, to the Practice Test
sources.html#scoringGuides. Scoring guides for the
remaining materials will be posted on August 15,
Looking ahead at the 2014 Kansas
Transitional Assessments
Review: Why the transitional assessments?
- The assessments are required by the
accountability waiver as approved by the United
States Department of Education
- transitional assessments will provide insight for
teachers and students into the Kansas College and
Career Ready Standards
- KEY: The transitional assessments will allow districts to
use the new browser-based KITE test engine a year in
advance of 2015.
New for July: Kansas Interactive Testing Environment
Testing Technology Requirements
An updated version of the KITE testing client will be
available for installation in July. After this release the existing
KCA and LCS clients will no longer be needed.
The Supported Operating Systems will be:
WINDOWS: XP, Vista, 7, and 8
MAC: OS X 10.5+ (Only Intel-based Macs are supported)
iPad: iOS 6+ (Not including the iPad Mini)
Screen Requirements:
The minimum screen resolution requirement for KITE is
New Website: Kansas Assessment Program (KAP)
• The Center for Educational Testing (CETE) and the
Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) websites have
• To go to the new CETE website, click
You will automatically be redirected to the new
CETE website in 30 seconds.
• To go to the new KAP website,
click, The KAP website is
currently under construction. Please visit us in
August when new content will be added.
2014 Formative Assessments
Initially, CETE will import the SBAC practice tasks
into the KAP. CETE will also provide links to the
SBAC practice tests. So, for the 2013-2014 school
year, educators will have fixed formative forms,
practice performance tasks from SBAC, and links
to SBAC practice tests.
The Kansas Assessment Advisory Council will be
giving thought about adding additional
functionality to the formative assessments.
Test Administration in 2014
Transitional English Language Arts
Transitional Mathematics
DLM English Language Arts
DLM Mathematics
Pilot History-Government items
Pilot Science
Alternate History-Government (yet to be determined)
Alternate Science (yet to be determined)
Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment
James Pellegrino: 2014 Assessment Preconference Speaker
Liberal Arts & Sciences Distinguished
Professor of Cognitive Psychology
and Distinguished Professor of
Education, University of Illinois at
Chicago; Co-Director, Center for the
Study of Learning, Instruction, and
Teacher Development, UIC. Dr.
Pellegrino currently serves on the
Technical Advisory Committees (TAC)
of several states as well as the TACs
of the SBAC, PARCC, DLM, and NCSC
consortia of states funded under the
USDOE Race to the Top assessment
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