Interim FAQs

Understanding Interim Assessments

What is an interim assessment?

Interim assessments are intended to be given more frequently than summative assessments and are referred to as “benchmark, diagnostic and/or predictive.” Interim assessments allow educators to evaluate students’ knowledge and skills relative to a specific set of academic goals and are designed to inform decisions both at the classroom level and beyond the classroom level, such as at the school or district level.

What is the Interim Pilot assessment system?

During the 2016–17 school year, CETE is launching an Interim Pilot assessment system as part of the Kansas Assessment Program. This system allows educators to administer interim assessments through KITE® Educator Portal and features the ability for educators to:

  • Administer mini-tests aligned to state curriculum standards and targets.
  • Build tests using mini-tests that were created by CETE and that mirror summative assessment items.
  • Copy tests created by staff within their own building/district.
  • Assign mini-tests to students and schedule tests using the new Interim menu in Educator Portal.
  • See immediate results from students’ tests.

Additionally, Building Test Coordinators and District Test Coordinators are able to view all interim tests and reports within their organization and also have the option to build and assign tests.

To build the Kansas interim assessment system so that it functions as designed, teachers, schools, and districts are being asked to pilot mini-tests throughout the school year. Tests should be selected that align to instruction being taught in the classroom. CETE will collect data from the interim system to develop three fixed-form interim tests that will predict student success on the summative assessment. These predictive tests are scheduled for released in during the 2017–18 school year.

Can I use the interim assessments to let my students practice for the summative assessment to become familiar with the tools on the tests?

Interactive demo tests are available for developing familiarity with tools. The intent of the interim assessment is to help teachers gauge how students are performing in relation to learning goals and to determine what additional instruction is needed in the classroom to help students be successful.

Where can I find additional information about interim tests?

You can find additional information to help guide you while using the interim assessment system in our Interim Assessment User Guide.

Seeing What’s Available

What subjects are included?

Currently, interim assessments are available in math and English language arts.

Will science or other subjects be included in the future?

CETE is not currently planning to include science or other subjects in the interim assessment system. CETE’s focus is to build robust interim assessments in ELA and math. However, if a need exists for other subjects, further study will be done to see whether it is feasible to broaden CETE’s focus to other content areas.

Using the System

Who can use the Interim Pilot assessment system?

Any educator associated with a student through KIDS TASC records can assign interim tests to students and can view student results. Additionally, Building Test Coordinators and District Test Coordinators can view interim activity for teachers in their buildings or districts.

How do I access the interim tests?

Educators can access interim mini-tests in Educator Portal. Mini-tests can be scheduled for administration at any time during the school year.

Can I assign interim tests as pretests and posttests?

During this pilot year, CETE recommends that tests be administered only after instruction.

Are videos available to help guide me through administering an interim assessment?

Yes. A series of short video clips designed to assist with the use of interim assessments is in the process of being released. Check back to this website for the latest videos in the series.

May I print and/or share the assessment items and passages?

To maintain the security of the items, CETE recommends that items not be printed for distribution. Items that are printed for educational conversations should be shredded upon completion of those discussions.

Why do I see grade levels in Build a Test or Assign Groups that are outside the grade level that I teach?

As the Interim Pilot assessment system continues to be developed, CETE encourages multiple testing options. Although interim assessments are available for only grades 3–8 and 10, a teacher could select a mini-test from a different grade to assist with proper alignment of instructional goals for a particular student. For example, a specific fifth-grade student might be working on curriculum standards at the fourth-grade level. Mini-tests could be selected from the fourth grade and then administered to that student.

Why is there only one option showing in the Purpose dropdown when I attempt to build my interim test?

You can select only Instructional as the purpose during this pilot year. CETE wants teachers to assign mini-tests that align with the instruction that is being provided in the classroom. This information helps guide the development of three fixed-form interim assessments that will predict student success on the summative assessment in the 2017–18 school year. As CETE continues to build the interim assessment system, additional options will become available in the Purpose dropdown.

What is the purpose of the Alignment dropdown menu that I see when searching for available mini-tests?

The Alignment dropdown menu allows you to select a content code to find mini-tests with items aligned to specific skills or concepts.

If you do not make a selection from the Alignment menu, you will see all available mini-tests for the grade and subject for which you searched. If you select a content code from the Alignment menu, only mini-tests with at least one item aligned to that content code will be displayed in your search results.

Content codes show the interim mini-tests’ alignment to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS) or the summative assessment framework, which is derived from the KCCRS. Currently, items in the interim system will display either the KCCRS or the summative assessment framework content code.

ELA content code examples:

KCCRS coding
ELA.Strand.Grade.Standard Number = ELA.RI.6.2 = ELA.Reading Informational.Grade 6.Standard 2

Summative assessment framework coding
ELA.Grade.Claim.Target = ELA.5.C1.T1 = ELA.Grade 5.Claim 1.Target 1

Math content code examples:

KCCRS coding
Math.Grade.Domain.Standard Number = M.5.NBT.2 = Math.Grade 5.Number and Operations in Base Ten.2

Summative assessment framework coding
Math.Grade.Claim.Target = M.5.C1.TC = Math.Grade 5.Claim 1.Target C

View the full text of the KCCRS:

View item specifications from the summative assessment framework:

Taking the Assessments

How do students take interim tests?

Students take interim tests in KITE Client, the same way they take KAP summative tests. On a device with KITE® Client installed, students will be able to see any interim tests assigned to them in the KAP tab, under the appropriate subject.

Can virtual students use the interim assessment system?

Because the interim assessment system includes secure materials, virtual students may only take an interim test if it is administered at a proctored testing site.

Can students take the same interim test more than once?

Yes, but it is not recommended unless students had complete misconceptions in their learning and you believe that another attempt would yield a more accurate score for the student.

Can students log back in and take a test if they didn't finish?

Yes, as long as the testing window for that test is still open and the student has reached a soft break between mini-tests in the system.

Do students need to use a Daily Access Code to take an interim test?

No. Students need only provide their username and password to take an interim test. These will be the same username and password the student will use on the summative assessment.

Understanding the Reports

What does “Opt” mean on the reports?

Opt stands for Option. For example, Opt1 means Option 1 or what is also commonly known as answer choice A.

Why do I see “Can't Display” on the reports?

At this time, response options for some items, such as select text and ordering items, are not available on the reports.

What do the abbreviations mean in the Item Type column of the reports?

The abbreviations relate to types of items. For example, MC-K means multiple choice – keyed. MC-K items are single-select, multiple-choice items. DD means dropdown. For DD items, students select an answer choice from a dropdown menu.

A complete list of abbreviations is not available at this time; however, teachers can see all the item types in a test when previewing the test.

What are the codes in the Content Code column of the test preview and in the Alignment fields on the reports?

Content codes show the test’s alignment to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS) or the summative assessment framework, which is derived from the KCCRS. Currently, items in the interim system will display either the KCCRS or the summative assessment framework content code.

View the full text of the KCCRS:

View item specifications from the summative assessment framework: