Status

Test Delivery Engine (TDE)

Status: No Issue

The KITE TDE application is operating normally.

 

Educator Portal

​Status: No Issue

The KITE Educator Portal application is operating normally.

Testing News & Updates

Updates scheduled for Local Caching Server (LCS) 06/17/14

Updated versions of the Local Caching Server (LCS) for KITE will be released on September 22, and December 22, 2014. Users should update the LCS for both releases to ensure continued functionality. The supported LCS platforms are listed below.

Windows: XP SP3, Vista, 7, and 8

Mac: OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, and 10.9

Linux: CentOS, Redhat, Fedora, and Ubuntu

KITE Client will be updated in August 06/13/14

An updated version of the KITE Client will be released the first week of August. The supported platforms are listed below:

Windows: XP SP3, Vista, 7, and 8

Mac: OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9

iPad: iOS 6+ (Not including the iPad Mini)

Chromebooks: All with minimum screen resolution of 1024x768.
 
Screen Requirements:
The minimum screen resolution requirement for KITE is 1024x768.
 
Note about iPad and Chromebooks:
Both iPads and Chromebooks require specific device configuration to ensure a secure testing environment.

Updated Local Caching Server (LCS) released 04/11/14

An updated version of the Local Caching Server (LCS) is now available for download on the LCS download page as either a complete bundle or as a patch. The patch and update instructions are linked below. If your LCS currently contains student data then you will want to utilize the patch.

If no students are testing you can download the updated LCS installers and configure the system as a new installation.

Update for current users of the Local Caching Server (LCS) 04/04/14

As a result of the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack directed at the KITE system on April 2, the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE) has made several enhancements to mitigate the DDoS; however, these changes caused existing LCS systems to stop functioning.

CETE has been working to return LCS systems to working order and provide a transition path to LCS users. We expect to have a fully updated version of the LCS available for download from the ksassessments.org website late on Friday, April 11.

Schools or Districts using an LCS have two options:

  1. Postpone testing until Monday, April 14, giving local technology teams the opportunity to install the updated version of the LCS, or
  2. Stop utilizing the LCS locally for testing.

We recognize the burden the DDoS attack has caused for students, teachers, and administrators and understand that the broken LCS causes additional inconvenience. We intend to limit any further changes during the testing window to this single new download for schools or districts utilizing the LCS.  If you need assistance with this transition, please contact the KITE Help Desk (1-855-277-9752).

 
Kansas state testing resumes 04/03/14

Starting March 27, the KITE® system was hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, flooding our websites with over 1,000 times the legitimate traffic. DDoS is a one-way system attack, and no student data were ever in jeopardy. We tried several approaches to mitigating this problem, but as the attack increased we had to shut down the site on Tuesday.

The Center for Educational Testing & Evaluation (CETE) worked Tuesday and Wednesday with an external DDoS expert to mitigate the issue. We appreciate everyone ceasing testing for the day to allow us time to implement and test a solution. A few schools in Kansas were kind enough to test the system for us externally, allowing us to verify the fix and provide additional information to all test takers.  

We are pleased to report that a solution has been found and at least four schools in Kansas were able to test successfully on Wednesday. Additionally, several students in multiple states were able to take the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment. However, there are two technical issues schools and districts need to address before resuming testing:

  • The solution eliminates IP-based firewall filtering. Please change content and firewall filters to allow the host name (*.cete.us).

  • Local caching servers (LCS) will not work with KITE using the current configuration. For the remainder of the week, please do not use LCS when testing through KITE. On Monday, we will provide information on how to reconfigure the LCS to make it compatible with KITE.

  • If you receive a DDoS error, please contact the Help Desk (1-855-277-9751) and provide your IP addresses so CETE can whitelist your addresses on the new anti-DDoS filter. As always, Help Desk is also available for any other assistance you may require.

For more information on the DDoS attack, read this news article or watch this television report. Thank you for your understanding.

Reprint audio tickets this week 03/31/14

Due to various issues with audio and ticketing, some students needing audio were assigned new tickets over the weekend. If tickets were printed before Sunday, they will need to be reprinted for students with a PNP requesting audio. With the new filters on the ticketing system, we hope this process is relatively straightforward and not overly burdensome.

Updated: Educator Portal Test-Management Filters 03/31/14

The Educator Portal application was updated on March 30 to include filters in both the Test Coordination and Test Management portions of the website. These filters allow educators to quickly search for tickets and active test sessions by Content Area, Grade, and location as appropriate.

Update to KITE Local Caching Server (LCS) 03/10/14

An updated version of the KITE Local Caching Server (LCS) is available for download. The updated version extends caching support and adds SSL communication with the server. The current version will no longer be viable after March 31.

The updated LCS Users Manual is also available.

Note: Windows LCS users with iPad Clients pointing to the LCS may notice issues playing some audio files.

Summative assessment tickets available 03/10/14

Summative assessment tickets are now available in Educator Portal for download. Each section and part of the assessment will require a ticket for math and English language arts. There will be four tickets per student per subject.  

 

Fraction display on iPad 03/07/14

The vinculum (the line between the numerator and denominator) in fractions does not display correctly on the iPad.

Math and science tickets available 03/07/14

Tickets are now available for printing for math and science assessments. ELA tickets are coming soon.

Current calculator use policy 03/06/14

The calculator policy for the Kansas Assessment Program has changed. Applicable procedures for this year vary by grade:

  • 5th grade and below – Students will not be allowed to use a calculator on the assessment.
  • 6th and 7th grade – Students will have a basic four-function calculator made available to them in the KITE application*. Students may not use a handheld calculator.
  • 8th grade and High School – Students may use a handheld calculator on the first portion of each session during the assessment. Calculators may be graphing, scientific, or basic four-function.*

*When students finish the first part of each session, a screen will prompt them to review their answers before moving on to the second group of items. After students complete their reviews of the first group of items, test proctors should collect all calculators.