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 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.

2017 State Assessments

The summative assessment footprint will be reduced by approximately 60% for 2017.

  • One testing window – mid-March and April
  • All performance tasks will be moved to the interim assessment.
    • No need to schedule building or district scoring days
  • 2 stage adaptive assessment in math
    • Last year math assessments had 4 stages
    • Each stage will take approximately 45 minutes
    • Estimated time between stages is less than 10 minutes


2017 Mathematics Assessment Documents and Resources
 TitleDescription
Mathematics Cut ScoresUpdated 8-17-16
2017 Accomodations Manual 
2017 Allowable Math Manipulatives A sample list of math manipulatives allowable on the state assessment. Updated 11/14/17
2017 Kansas State Assessment Examiner’s Manual Updated 1/5/17
2017 Math Manipulative Rubric for State AssessmentRubric to determine if a Manipulative is allowable on the State Assessment. Updated 11/14/17
2017-2018 Overview Document for Kansas State Assessments  
A Model for Constructing Classroom AssessmentsNCTM article around assessment construction.
Content Emphases for Math AssessmentDetails emphasis by target area for math assessment.
Item Specifications for Math AssessmentDetails standards addressed by each target area for mathematics.
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).
Calculator Policy For 2017-18
  • 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 OR students can use their own handheld calculators
  • 10th grade will have a basic four function calculator and a graphing calculator (TI 84) available to them through KITE OR students can use their own handheld calculators
  • The TI calculators will be available for students to practice in January 2017 and the KITE basic calculator is available for the whole school year.

 

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.
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Contact Information

 

Melissa Fast
Mathematics & MSP Program Consultant
mfast@ksde.org


Tierney Kirtdoll
 Administrative Specialist
 tkirtdoll@ksde.org
 785-296-3142
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