The Kansas Assessment for English Language Arts is being built to address all four strands of the ELA standards – Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. For information about each portion of what will contribute to the ELA Assessment scores, please refer to the fact sheets below.
Machine-Scored Items for ELA Assessment
The Kansas Assessment for English Language Arts includes some machine-scored items. Please refer to the 2014-15 Assessment Overview Document for more specifics on the ELA Assessment.
Multidisciplinary Performance Task
The Kansas Assessment for English Language Arts includes a multidisciplinary performance assessment. Please see this FAQ document for more information.
Multidisciplinary Performance Task Rubrics
Rubrics for the scoring of the MDPT have been developed, reviewed both internally and externally, revised, and edited, and redesigned over the past several months. Educators can now find the rubrics for each grade band here:
A recorded presentation and accompanying PowerPoint slides about the MDPT task and rubrics are available at the links below.
Writing On Demand
Many teachers have had questions about how to adequately prepare students for writing in an "on demand" environment. These questions are not unique to Kansas teachers. The Plymouth Writing Project, a National Writing Project site in New Hampshire, engaged in a careful study to define specific skills required for successfully completing on demand writing tasks. The group, comprised of teachers from elementary through college settings, then worked to create a set of lessons designed to help students develop those skills. Thank you to the Director of the Plymouth Writing Project, as well as the teachers involved in this work, for granting us permission to post it on our site. An explanation of their work, including their lesson plans, can be found HERE