ELA Assessment

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, the Kansas summative assessment for English Language Arts (ELA) will consist of two sessions of all machine-scored items. Students will be expected to answer approximately 60 items total for the ELA portion of the state summative assessment.

Listening Items
As of summer 2016, the plan is for all listening items previously intended for the ELA summative assessment to move to an interim assessment window, and they will no longer be part of the ELA summative assessment.

Questions about Accommodations?
The Accommodations Manual presents a five-step process educational teams can use in the selection, administration, and evaluation of the effective use of instructional and assessment accommodations. CLICK HERE for the 2015-16 Accommodations Manual.

The 2016-17 Accommodations Manual will be uploaded as soon as it is available.

Scribing Guidelines
Scribing is an appropriate accommodation for students who can write but have a documented disability in the area of written expression that results in a significant interference with their ability to express their knowledge in writing. CLICK HERE for 2015-16 scribing guidelines.

The 2016-17 Scribing Guidelines will be uploaded as soon as they are available.

Multidisciplinary Performance Task

Multidisciplinary Performance Task (MDPT)

As of summer 2016, the Multidisciplinary Performance Task (MDPT) will move to an interim assessment window and will no longer be part of the ELA summative assessment.

Multidisciplinary Performance Task (MDPT) Rubrics
Rubrics for classroom use in scoring the MDPT are available here. Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, they will no longer be used for summative scoring purposes.

Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
High School

MDPT Samples were created by Kansas teachers, at the request of Kansas teachers to provide additional guidance for what standards-aligned writing instruction and resources could look like.

Read this first!
        MDPT Sample Guide

3-5 Grade Band MDPT Samples
        MDPT Sample Grade 3       
        MDPT Sample Grade 4
        MDPT Sample Grade 5

6-8 Grade Band MDPT Samples
        MDPT Sample Grade 6
        MDPT Sample Grade 7
                Resource 2 for Grade 7 Sample
        MDPT Sample 1 Grade 8
                Resource 1 for Grade 8 Sample 1
                Resource 2 for Grade 8 Sample 1
                Resource 3 for Grade 8 Sample 1
                Resource 4 for Grade 8 Sample 1
        MDPT Sample 2 Grade 8

High School MDPT Sample
        MDPT Sample High School
        MDPT Sample 2 High School

Contact Information
Suzy Myers                                                Jackie Lakin                                       JR Loppnow
English Language Arts Consultant      Education Program Consultant     Senior Adminstrative Assistant 
semyers@ksde.org                                jlakin@ksde.org                                 jloppnow@ksde.org            
 785.296.5060                                          785.296.2144                                     785.296.2078                       
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