2014 Transitional Assessment Documents and Resources
2014 Accommodations Manual  
2014 High School Formula SheetUPDATED 3-4-14 List of formulas allowed to be distributed to students on the math state assessment.
2014 Kansas State Assessment Examiner’s Manual 2013-2014 Examiner's Manual
2014 Math Allowable Manipulatives UPDATED 3/11/14. Sample list of allowable manipulatives on the math state assessment.
2014 Math Fact Sheet 
2014 Math Manipulative Rubric for State AssessmentUPDATED 3-4-14 Guide to help determine the appropriateness of a manipulative on the Math State Assessment.
2014 State Monitor Quality Assurance ChecklistForm is completed by the monitoring team when they visit a testing site.
2014 Testing Overview Document 
Current Plans for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 State AssessmentsThis is the current assessment plans for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 State Assessments.
NEW Practice Tests in KITENew practice tests are available at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. These tests feature all available types of technology-enhanced items.
Technology Enhanced Items DescriptionDocument introduces educators, parents, students, and other interested stakeholders to the types of technology-enhanced items that students are likely to see on the assessments this spring.
The Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) Documents for Assessment by CETEIf you are looking for information on KITE, CETE has placed some very informative documents on their website such as: Login information, admin a test, student records, ipad instructions,student guide,& personal Needs Profile(PNP)Tutorial(Video).

Assessment Calculator Change

Due to the technical difficulties we are experiencing with the graphing calculator it has been decided to allow students to use their handheld calculators during the 8th grade and high school assessment. The format of the assessment will require teachers to collect calculators after students have completed the calculator allowed questions. There are two sections on the math assessment this year and each section is divided by calculator and non-calculator items. On both sections the first portion will allow a calculator. Once a student has reached the end of this portion of the test there will be a screen that asks the student to review the items before moving onto the non-calculator items. It is after this review that the test proctor will need to collect all handheld calculators from the students. The calculators will then need to be redistributed to the students at the beginning of section two of the assessment and then recollected once the calculator items have been completed for this section as well.

It is imperative that proctors be up monitoring student progress to assure that the calculators are collected and distributed at the appropriate time.

Below is a bulleted outline of what the process will look like.

Section 1

  • Distribute calculators to all students at the beginning of the section.
  • Partway through the section a review screen will appear for the students prior to the non-calculator section
  • Collect calculators from students once they have reviewed their calculator items
  • Have students proceed to non-calculator portion

Section 2

  • Redistribute calculators to all students at the beginning of the section
  • Partway through the section a review screen will appear for the students prior to the non-calculator section
  • Collect calculators from students once they have reviewed their calculator items
  • Have students proceed to non-calculator portion

Below you will find a bulleted summary about calculators by grade level.

Furthermore, I wanted to clarify that once a student completes the calculator portion of each section the computer will ask them to review those items and verify that they wish to continue with the assessment. Once they click continue they will not be permitted by the computer to go back and modify those calculator type items. Again I must emphasize it is important that the proctor be aware of where student progress is during the assessment so that they can make sure to collect the calculator once the calculator portion is complete.


5th grade and below

- students will not be allowed to use a calculator on the assessment.


6th & 7th grade

- students will have a basic four function calculator made available to them in KITE to be used on the assessment.
- students may not use a handheld calculator.


8th grade and High School

- students may use a handheld calculator on the first portion of each section during the assessment.
- calculators may be either a graphing or scientific or a basic four function
- proctors will need to collect calculators from the students once they have completed the calculator portion of each section.


I want to thank everyone for their patience as we navigate our way through this new assessment era. We realize that things may not be perfect at this point but it is our hope that we will continue to improve the process to better serve our students. Your feedback during this time is highly valued as we believe you are the experts that can provide us the information we need to be able to serve you better. I also want to stress that now is the time to experience these difficulties, when the assessment is transitional in nature and the stakes are much more minimal. Better now than in 1 to 2 years when we have our full-blown assessment in front of us.


Thank you again for all that you do to help our students become the most college and career ready students in the country!

Assessments Q&A
Hello math educators! I have been receiving countless emails with questions around the KITE system and thought I would throw together a sort of Q&A email to hopefully help clarify a few items. First let me start by informing you that CETE serves many states across the country with KITE and therefore many of the resources they have available are general in nature. They are in the process of creating a section on their website which we help clarify procedures for Kansas. In the meantime I will try and help sort through the process. I might also add CETE is currently working on the 2014 Examiners Manual which will be the best resource for Kansas schools to reference. Once this document is available to the field I will notify everyone via the listserv as well as the math website. Click on the question for the answer.
2013-2014 Math Assessment Information

This year’s 2013-2014 Math State assessment will be a transitional assessment aligned with the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards. These standards can be found at by selecting the Kansas Math Standards tab at the top of the page. Below is a brief summary of the assessment.

  • The test will be multiple-choice with some technology enhanced items (i.e. multiple response and drag and drop).
  • There will be no performance based items this year.
  • The test will only have two parts.
  • This assessment will only be available during the spring semester.
  • The KAMM assessment will not be given this year.
  • All students qualifying for alternate assessments will participate in the computerized Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) field test in mathematics.
  • There will not be opportunity to learn in place this year.
  • The assessment will be delivered in a new online testing interface called KITE.
  • Students in grades 3-8 and high school will be assessed.
  • In high school, the only students who are required to be assessed are 11th grade students who have not already achieved “meets standard” or above. However, KSDE and CETE are requesting that districts assess all 10th grade students, 11th grade students and 12th grade students on the Transitional Assessments. Assessing these high school grade levels will benefit schools with the following:
    • Providing districts with feedback on student progress on the College and Career Ready Standards.
    • Providing juniors and seniors with insight into College and Career Ready academic expectations.
    • Providing sophomores with an advance look at academic expectations for the 2015 assessments.
    • Providing CETE high school assessment data necessary for setting valid cut scores for 2014 and for validating test items for future use in formative or summative assessments.
  • Testing 11th grade students in 2014 will NOT change the accountability policy of using banked scores from 2013. That is, 2014 juniors with proficient banked scores from 2013 who take the Transitional Assessment will have their banked scores used for accountability. Sophomores who take the 2014 Transitional Assessment will not have any scores banked and will be required to take the new assessment in 2015.

More information about KITE and the Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) can be found at www.ksassessments.org.

CETE Formatives

CETE Formative Assessment Tools for Math
Educators and students can access an item bank populated with sample items that align with individual standards within the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS). Each grade level has items grouped by topical area. Educators can use these grouped items to gauge their students’ understanding of a particular concept. The KITE™ Educator Portal allows educators to access sample items, create test sessions, and enroll students in a test session. Students can then use the KITE Client to practice taking assessments.

Are there tools available for all of the content to be assessed on the transitional assessment?
No. These tools do not encompass the entirety of the content to be assessed on the transitional summative assessment.

How were these tools generated?
These tests were assembled from previously field-tested items, written to address content on the standard level, which is a narrower focus than that of the cluster-based transitional assessment.

What types of items are on the formative tools?
The tests include standard four-option multiple choice items with one correct response. Multiple-select multiple-choice, technology-enhanced types, and text entry are not included.

How can students prepare for item types other than standard multiple-choice?
Practice tests will soon be released so that students will have the opportunity to practice how to answer these item types before test day.  These practice tests are only a sampling of item types and are not concept-focused like the formative tools.  Additionally, content of the practice items is not aligned to the KCCRS.

Where can I find more information about formative assessment tools and/or the transitional assessment?

For further information about Formative Assessment Tools, please visit:

For further information about the Transitional Summative Assessment, please visit: http://ksassessments.org/TransitionalSummativeAssessment

Contact Information


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Math and Assessment Program Consultant   
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