Following the conclusion of this spring’s summative testing and with the tremendous support of teachers across Kansas in scoring these assessments, CETE has made available score reports for all students who participated in summative assessments for the 2015-16 school year. Score reports come in many forms, including school- and district-level reports, as well as reports for individual students.
Teachers and other school- and district-level personnel may access the score reports available to them through Educator Portal. Specific instructions about how to do so may be found in chapter 7 of the Educator Portal Manual.
Individual students’ score reports were will be distributed to students by school districts, either through U.S. mail or in parent teacher conferences.
To aid parents and teachers in digesting the contents of these reports, CETE has also made available interpretive guides to score reports for parents and educators. These guides detail the various aspects of score reports and what each score means.
Performance on KAP summative assessments is reported in terms of scale scores that translate student performance onto a scale of 220–380, a range that remains constant every year. Scale scores allow the Kansas state and federal government to hold schools accountable for meeting the target score of 300 and for demonstrating progress towards that goal every year. Scale scores also help parents and students learn the degree to which individual students are meeting performance targets set for students in the same grade and subject. This is done by dividing scale scores into four different ranges that correspond with four predefined performance levels, which indicate students’ success in learning and demonstrating particular skills.
This year, student performance on the ELA on-demand writing task is reported separately from performance on the computer-based portion of the assessment. Scores from both sections of the test were combined and reported as one overall score using a decision matrix. This matrix was developed by a group of Kansas stakeholders from across the state.