Student Growth Measures Next Steps

2014-2015 Kansas Model for Adding Student Growth Measures to All Kansas Educator Evaluation Systems

Student Growth Measures Fact Sheet for Teachers

The KSDE method and final guidelines that include student growth as a significant factor in its teacher and principal evaluation and support systems are as follows:

  1. LEAs may select an evaluation system of choice for the instructional practice component--such as the Kansas default model (KEEP), commercial vendor based, or an LEA locally developed evaluation system, provided each district submits the annual Kansas D2 Assurances form stating how they will meet the six guidelines stipulated in the Kansas Flexibility Waiver.
  2. All Kansas LEAs will determine an overall Summative Evaluation Rating per evaluated educator regardless of the evaluation system chosen by a district.
  3. A Summary Rating for Student Growth Measures will be determined by using some combination of three approved student growth measures. One growth measure, as described on the Summary Rating Matrix, must be a Kansas State Assessment for those teachers of tested grades and subjects.
  4. A teacher/principal must meet two of three growth measures in order to receive a Summary Rating of Effective.
  5. KSDE will define for the state what it means to meet growth on Kansas State Assessments.
  6. A Summary Rating for Educator Instructional Practice will be determined by using the vetted rubrics for any evaluation system chosen by a district.
  7. A Summary Rating for Student Growth and a Summary Rating for Educator Instructional Practice, combined, will determine the overall Summative Evaluation Rating. School districts decide upon substantial weightings that are describable and defensible for Summary Rating #1 and #2 to complete the Summative Evaluation Rating.
Student Growth Measures as Signiificant

Student Growth Measures Information

Definitions of the types of student growth measures school districts will use:

State Assessments
State Assessments used for the purpose of showing patterns of likely teacher effectiveness, over time, are those assessments developed by CETE for KSDE.

Commercial Assessments
Assessment instruments purchased from a vendor and designed to show student growth over time. These assessments have pre-determined student targets of achievement.

Local Performance Assessments
Assessments created by district, regional or national collaborative teams for the purpose of identifying student growth over time. These assessments will be considered valid and reliable based on an acceptable technical quality as determined by KSDE.

Student academic growth measures will be part of all Kansas educators’ evaluations as a significant factor in 2014-2015. However, it is not expected that student growth as part of the evaluation will be used to "inform personnel decisions" until 2016-2017. Significant is defined as showing student growth in multiple ways.

Kansas educators have long used student growth measures to indicate levels of student growth. Some assessment measures are purchased because they are deemed valid and reliable and are intended to depict a specific knowledge or skill demonstrated by the student. These are referred to as commercial assessments. Other district or regionally created measures are referred to as local assessments.

The Kansas “default list” of measures that educators will use at any given grade level or in any given content area is an ongoing list that will be annually updated each summer based on criteria listed below. The KSDE facilitated the development of the default list with the help and input of Kansas educators, REL and the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders. Kansas’ final criteria for selecting and/or creating assessments are listed on the Kansas Default List of Acceptable Student Growth Measures Assessments Criteria. The 6 criteria are:

1.      Local assessments must be created in consultation with a school administrator with expertise in assessments, special education, ELL specialist and content expert.

2.      Assessments cover all key subject/grade level content standards.

3.      Number of test items should correlate to distribution of % of time spent teaching the content.

4.      Assessments should require higher order thinking as appropriate.

5.      Assessments should allow high and low achieving students to demonstrate their knowledge.

6.      Assessments should measure accurately what it is designed to measure and produce similar results for students with similar levels of ability.

The KSDE final process for approving locally-selected measures of student growth is:

1.      State Assessments must be used as one of the multiple measures selected for those grade levels and content areas where assessments are given. Additional State Assessments may be used as deemed appropriate.

2.      All vetted and approved commercially based assessments will be listed on the Kansas Default Assessment List and can be used without prior approval.

3.      District will submit by electronic form information substantiating how their locally created assessments meet the six criteria above.

4.      Any assessment used within an evaluation that does not meet the six criteria above will be deemed as the educator has not met a student growth measure.

Districts wanting to use measures of student growth not on the list will have a process to analyze the validity and reliability of the desired measure once the measure has been approved for meeting the criteria of acceptable technical quality.

State assessments must be used as one of the multiple measures selected for those grade levels and content areas where assessments are given.

All Kansas school districts will provide continual professional learning opportunities for building leaders with a primary focus of district level training with regard to inter-rater agreement as part of the evaluation process.

Kansas State Assessment Update 2014-2017
SGMs Used to Inform Personnel Decisions

Kansas Curriculum Assessment Data Used to “Inform Personnel Decisions” Timeline

Prior to including student growth as a significant factor on evaluations, Kansas will provide calculated student growth expectations for all students based on multiple years of longitudinal data collected from state assessments in all areas and grade levels where assessed.

Due to the Kansas State Board of Education voting to leave the SBAC Consortium, and selecting the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE) at The University of Kansas to develop assessments in Math and English Language arts, enhancements to the assessments will not be scored until the 2015-2016 school year. As a result, the 2017-2018 school year will be the first year Kansas will have two years of data to calculate growth.

The KSDE proposes to use longitudinal student growth data to inform personnel decisions, based on 2016-2017 data, beginning in 2017-2018.







Kansas Assessment Program (KAP)

Kansas Assessment Program (KAP)

Kansas Assessment Program (KAP)

Kansas Assessment Program (KAP)

Kansas Assessment Program (KAP)

Kansas Assessment Program (KAP)

Required of all students. Enhancements include a field test of listening, writing & math performance items.

Full test administered and scored.

 1st data pt.

Full test is scored.

2nd data pt.

First calculation of growth.

Full test is scored.

3rd data pt.

2nd calculation of growth.

1st year to inform personnel decisions

Full test is scored.

4th data pt.

3rd calculation of growth.

2nd year to inform personnel decisions

Continue assessment process.

4th calculation of growth.

3rd  year to inform personnel decisions


The Kansas State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: KSDE General Counsel, 900 SW Jackson, Topeka, KS 66612; 785-296-3201