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Announcement: Changes coming to the Kansas Computerized Assessments

Monday, May 6, 2013

On July 1, 2013, the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE) will transition all testing functions from the Kansas Computerized Assessments (KCA) system to the Kansas Interactive Testing Engine™ (KITE™). This upgraded engine provides an improved testing platform, easier access to reports, and a unified system across all tests. The transition to KITE™ will occur in stages. This document outlines the changes effective July 1.

Changes effective July 1, 2013:

  • Existing KCA installations statewide will stop working. You are encouraged to uninstall the software, but nothing bad will happen if you do not.
  • Access to Formative Test Builder will stop working. You will lose access to all items and tests that you created unless you download them to a personal computer before July 1. KITE™ will offer a new formative system, but you will not be able to upload items on July 1. CETE is developing the capacity for you to create items, add items to the system, and create forms, but this will not be ready for several months. You will have access to formative assessment items and forms linked to the College and Career Ready Standards as of July 1.
  • Most features of the existing management tool will be turned off. If you need to access reports from previous years, you will need to log in to your old account. A new reporting system in KITE™ will launch in 2014. You will need to register for a new login account for the new reporting system. A future announcement will contain the registration process for the new system.

Additional changes:

  • The U.S. Department of Education has encouraged states to stop using modified assessments. Therefore, 2012–2013 is the last year the Kansas Assessment of Modified Measures (KAMM) will be active.
  • The Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment (KELPA) will continue as a paper-based test until the Kansas State Department of Education or a consortium creates a new test linked to College and Career Ready Standards for English language learners. No changes to the KELPA testing process will be made in 2013–2014.
  • Students who used to take the KAA will now pilot DLM™ in reading and mathematics and begin to pilot new items in science and social studies.
  • There will be no interim assessment available in 2013–2014.

 

If you have questions, contact the CETE helpdesk (cete@ku.edu or 785-864-3537).



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