Break KITE Day
October 28, 2014
To test out the bandwidth of local buildings and the bandwidth and load balancers of CETE servers by simulating operational testing conditions during one school day.
CETE needs to have all students enrolled in the KITE system for them to participate in Break KITE day. In the past this has meant that the district uploaded “blank” TEST records indicating there is no assessment in this area. Due to changes in the KIDS file specifications for TEST submission, the default value of zero “0" in the assessment field indicates no assessment in that content area. “Blank” is no longer an allowable value in any assessment fields, so a zero “0” must be entered in all the assessment fields on the TEST record. TEST records need to be uploaded into the KIDS system by October 23rd. CETE will then auto enroll the students into one math and one English language arts assessment.
The tests used for Break KITE day will look very similar to the practice tests currently available. However, practice tests do not store student responses; this test will. This test will also be tagged for text to speech. It will include a lot of technology-enhanced items and graphics, as the point is for every student to work on a test that would take up the most bandwidth possible. There will be one test for grades 3–5, another for grades 6–8, and another for high school. There is no instructional use of the test; it is for technology testing only.
Personal Needs Profile (PNP)
Just before Break KITE day, CETE will store all of the PNPs. Then they will modify each one to allow every student to have text and graphics read aloud. This will ensure that every student can use text-to-speech, again with the intention of trying to place maximum stress on the bandwidth. After Break KITE day, the PNPs will be reverted to the saved version. IMPORTANT: Do not make any changes to any student’s PNP during the week of October 27th as they will not be saved.
On October 28th
Students will be pre-assigned to the two tests associated with their grade level. All they will need to access the test is their user name and password. No ticket numbers are necessary. Schools should rotate students through computer labs all day Tuesday (if possible), asking them to take both tests, simulating, to the degree possible, a real testing day.
If there are problems with logins, items loading properly, or students being kicked out, please contact the KITE Help Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 785.864.3537 or Toll Free: 855.277.9752). The Help Desk will be able to diagnose a systems problem with KITE or a local problem related to bandwidth or firewalls.
CETE will prepare a report on Break KITE day, outlining any issues discovered and steps taken to resolve them. The results of the day will be analyzed thoroughly to ensure that KITE and every building is prepared for a successful operational testing window in March 2015.