2014 Transitional Assessment Documents
2013 - 2014 ELA Assessment Information

This year’s 2014-2015 English Language Arts state assessment will include machine-scorable items for both reading and writing, aligned to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards. Students will also engage in a standalone writing assessment that will produce a score attributable to the overall ELA assessment score. The ELA Standards can be found at the top of the page under the Standards tab. Below is a brief summary of the assessment.

  • The test will be multiple-choice with some technology enhanced items (e.g. multiple response, drag and drop, multiple drop buckets, ordering, etc.)
  • There will be performance based items this year.
  • The assessment will only be available during the spring semester.
  • The testing window is yet to be determined.
  • 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.
  • Opportunity to learn will not be in place this year.
  • The assessment will be delivered in KITE.

More details about the ELA and other transitional assessments can be found in the 2015 Transitional Assessments update documents at the bottom of the page.

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

Reminders, updates and requests for 2014 State Assessments:

A)     For ELA and mathematics students in grades 3-8 and high school will be taking a “transitional assessment” being developed by CETE aligned to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS).

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 11th grade students, 12th grade students and 10th grade students on the Transitional Assessments.  Assessing these high school grade levels will benefit schools with the following:

  1. Providing districts with feedback on student progress on the College and Career Ready Standards.
  2. Providing juniors and seniors with insight into College and Career Ready academic expectations.
  3. Providing sophomores with an advance look at academic expectations for the 2015 assessments.
  4. 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.

B)     Students in grades 4, 7 and 11 will take the “old “ science assessment. For high school, only 11th grade students who have not completed both parts of the science assessment will take the assessment.  We will not be assessing 9th or 10th grade students.

C)     Students qualifying for alternate assessments:

  1. Will take the DLM field test for ELA and mathematics. That will be administered in three short sections in three different test windows. Students will take all three parts. Again, at the high school level, only students who have not already achieved “meets standard” are required to take the assessment. We are requesting that all 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students participate in the field test.
  2. Will take the portfolio alternate assessment for science in grades 4, 7 and 11 as in the past.

D)     ELL students will be assessed with the paper/pencil Kansas English Proficiency Assessment (KELPA).

E)      There will not be regular assessment for History/Government in 2014.  Schools will be invited to participate voluntarily in piloting test items based on the recently adopted new standards.  Those items will be piloted at grade 6, 8, and high school.


Contact Information
Sharon Beck    Suzy Myers-Oertel  Jackie Lakin   
Administrative Assistant    English Language Arts Consultant    Education Program Consultant   
sbeck@ksde.org      soertel@ksde.org    jlakin@ksde.org
785.296.3261    785.296.5060    785.296.2144   
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