About Our Tests
The Kansas Assessment Program (KAP), a program of the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), fulfills a mandate from the Kansas Legislature. KAP provides general education assessments, alternate assessments, career and technical education assessments, and an English language proficiency assessment.
General Education Assessments
The English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science assessments are part of the federal elementary and secondary education legislation. The assessment program does the following:
- Measures specific claims related to the Kansas Standards in grades 3-8 and high school.
- Reports individual student scores along with each student’s performance level.
- Provides subscale and total scores that can be used with local assessment scores to assist in improving a building’s or district’s programs in ELA, mathematics, and science.
- Learn more about the Kansas Standards: www.ksde.org
English Proficiency Assessment
The Kansas assessment program (KAP) test suite includes the Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment (KELPA). The test is part of the federal elementary and secondary education legislation for English learners (ELs). The assessments measure English language proficiency in four domains: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The grade bands assessed include Kindergarten, 1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, and 9–12. The test is delivered through Kite Student Portal except for Kindergarten and Grade 1 writing assessments, which are paper/pencil forms.
The assessment program does the following:
- Measures specific claims related to the Kansas Standards for English Learners in grades K-12.
- Reports individual student scores along with each student’s performance levels.
- Provides domain scores and an overall proficiency score that can be used with local assessment scores to assist in improving student learning.
- Learn more about the Kansas English Learner Standards: www.ksde.org
Kansas is using the Instructionally Embedded model of the Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) alternate assessment to test students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Alternate assessments are available for English Language Arts, mathematics, and science. Throughout the school year, teachers choose Essential Elements, which are linked to the Kansas Standards, and then use Kite Student Portal to access testlets to measure student progress.
Career Pathways Assessments
Career Pathways (cPass®) assessments measure high school students’ readiness for postsecondary education or entry into the workforce. Students in Kansas may take assessments covering comprehensive agriculture.