ELA Assessment


Since the 2018-19 school year, the Kansas summative assessment for English Language Arts (ELA) will consist of two sessions of all machine-scored items, each 45-60 minutes in length.

Testing Window

Complete information about the testing window can be found HERE.

Listening Items

As of summer 2016, listening items will no longer be part of the ELA summative assessment.

Questions about Accommodations?

The Accessibility 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. 


Please visit www.ksassessments.org to access important assessment resources! 

ACT Assessment

As students move into their last two years of high school, it is the goal of the state that students be prepared to take the ACT and earn a score allowing them access to institutions of higher education. We know that our state ELA assessment is aligned to the ACT, and so if the work you are doing aligns to the state ELA standards, then your students will be prepared to take the ACT and earn a qualifying score.

To learn more about the standards of the ACT, use the following links: 

Reading Standards

English Standards 

Writing Standards 

ACT also offers guidance on how to help a student progress to the next band of scores based on their current level of performance. To learn more about these leveled activities, click here

To learn more about how the ACT aligns with our state ELA assessment, please visit www.ksassessments.org and go to "Score Reports", "Summative", "For Educators". You can also view "Relating Kansas Assessment Program Scores to ACT Scores" for more information. 

Contact Information

         Joann McRell                                         Juanita Anderson                                                           
Humanities Program Manager                 Administrative Specialist
       jmcrell@ksde.org                                 janderson@ksde.org                                              
          785.296.2144                                         785.296.1978                                                    

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. (more information...)

To accommodate people with disabilities, on request, auxiliary aides and services will be provided and reasonable modifications to policies and programs will be made. To request accommodations or for more information please contact the Office of General Counsel at ogc@ksde.org or by 785-296-3204.

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