2014-15 Kansas Assessments information for staff and parents

Students across Kansas will be tested in the following subjects during a time period from March 9th to May 15th:

  • English / Language Arts (ELA)* – Grades 3-8 and 10
  • Math* – Grades 3-8 and 10
  • Science – Grades 4, 7, and 11
  • Social Studies – Grades 6, 8, and 11
  • Multidisciplinary Performance Task (MDPT) – Grades 3-8
  • Math Performance Task – Grades 3-8

*Annual accountability measures focus on growth and achievement in ELA and Math. This document will provide more information on each of these assessments only.

What will the test look like this year?
Assessment Sections: This year, students in each grade level will complete four separate parts for each of the ELA and the Math assessments. Students will provide answers to multiple choice and technology enhanced questions. Additionally, students in grades 3-8 will complete a Multidisciplinary Performance Task (MDPT) during the ELA assessment and a Performance Task during the Math assessment. Each will be explained in more detail below.

MDPT: The Multidisciplinary Performance Task is a new assessment feature that is being field tested for this year. During the ELA assessment, students in grades 3-8 will receive information from a variety of resources and then write an on demand response to a prompt or question using the resources from different subject areas that were provided. The goal is to see how students in Kansas inform or persuade an audience using information from a several sources.

Math Performance Task: During the Math assessment, students in grades 3-8 will complete an extended activity that will measure a student’s ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills across multiple math standards. These performance tasks will be used to better measure how much students understand and how they analyze and solve real-world problems.

This information will likely undergo significant updates over the summer and in to next year as this year’s ELA and Math assessments are incorporated into the larger view of a district’s achievement and growth among schools.

What can I do to help my child excel on the Kansas Assessments?
There are a number of ways to help your child perform his or her best on the Kansas Assessments. Parents can help their children most by starting the day with a nourishing breakfast and ensuring they get plenty of rest the night before. Parents can also visit with teachers to find out more about what their child is learning and by reviewing information about the school’s Kansas Assessment schedule.

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