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. Click on the question for the answer.
2016 Mathematics Assessment Documents and Resources
 TitleDescription
2014 - 2015 Mathematics Cut ScoresUpdated 9-11-15
2015-2016 Overview Document for Kansas State Assessments  
2016 Accommodations Documents & ResourcesManual, scribing, & tools.
2016 Kansas State Assessment Examiner’s Manual COMING SOON!
2016 Math Allowable Manipulatives Sample list of allowable manipulatives on the math state assessment.UPDATED 1/20/16
2016 Math Fact SheetCOMING SOON!
2016 Math Manipulative Rubric for State AssessmentGuide to help determine the appropriateness of a manipulative on the Math State Assessment.UPDATED 1/20/16
A Model for Constructing Classroom AssessmentsNCTM article around assessment construction.
Content Emphases for Math Assessment 
Item Specifications for Math Assessment 
Performance Level Descriptor Grade 10Rubric used to determine cut scores and describe the various levels.
Performance Level Descriptor Grade 3Rubric used to determine cut scores and describe the various levels.
Performance Level Descriptor Grade 4Rubric used to determine cut scores and describe the various levels.
Performance Level Descriptor Grade 5Rubric used to determine cut scores and describe the various levels.
Performance Level Descriptor Grade 6Rubric used to determine cut scores and describe the various levels.
Performance Level Descriptor Grade 7Rubric used to determine cut scores and describe the various levels.
Performance Level Descriptor Grade 8Rubric used to determine cut scores and describe the various levels.
Practice Tests in KITEPractice tests will be available at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in January 2016. 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).
2015-2016 Assessment Details
Below you will find a bulleted list of details for the 2015-2016 Kansas State Mathematics Assessment. Click on the grade band to see details.

Calculator Policy For 2015-2016

  • 3-5 grades no calculator allowed
  • 6-8th grades will have a basic four function calculator and a scientific calculator (TI-30XS Multiview) available to them through KITE
  • 10th grade will have a basic four function calculator and a graphing calculator (TI 84) available to them through KITE
  • The TI calculators will be available for students to practice in January 2016 and the KITE basic calculator is available for the whole school year.
Students will have access to a calculator for the Performance Tasks. 
  • Grades 3-5, it will be the KITE basic calculator
  • Grades 6-8 will have the KITE calculator as well as the scientific. 
  • Grade 10 will have the basic KITE calculator and the graphing calculator.  
Online Calculator Resources
I wanted to share with everyone some free resources with the TI 84 online graphing calculator and the TI-30XS that I recently received from a TI representative. Basically they offer a free 90 day trial that you can download onto computers as well as videos to help explain the functions built into the calculator. It is important to note that according to the rep they do not have the free trial available for tablets. Additionally, this free trial will only work once on any one devise. If a district would like to have the calculator available year round for their students they will need to contact TI to determine pricing options for their district.
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.
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Contact Information

 

Melissa Fast
Math and MSP Program Consultant 
mfast@ksde.org 
785-296-3486 
 Tierney Kirtdoll
 Administrative Specialist
 tkirtdoll@ksde.org
 785-296-3142
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