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Assessment Resources

Accommodations

The Kansas State Department of Education complies with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which require the participation of all students in assessments used for accountability purposes.

Students with disabilities are included to the extent possible in grade- and age-appropriate instruction on the content standards; however, assessments must provide adaptations to provide all students the opportunity to show what they have learned. These adaptations are called accommodations.

Accommodations for students with disabilities are tools or procedures that mediate a student’s disability to permit valid assessment without changing what is being measured. For example, a student with low vision may need accommodations for the test to be accessible. In a test of reading, having reading passages read aloud would change what is being measured, so reading passages aloud to a student is not a valid accommodation. The use of a magnifying tool or a large-print version of a test, however, would be an acceptable accommodation.

The Kansas Assessment Program has made a number of accommodations available for students with disabilities.

Accommodations are also available for students who are not yet proficient in English.

For students with significant cognitive disabilities, the Dynamic Learning Maps® Alternate Assessment System is available.

The Kite system allows educators to identify those supports that are used in the classroom on a regular basis and enter them into a Personal Needs Profile (PNP). Students’ Personal Needs Profiles (PNPs) should be well thought out and created before beginning any type of assessment. For additional information on entering PNPs in the Kite system refer to the Kite Educator Portal Manual for Test Coordinators.

Accommodation Resources

Kansas Assessment Program Resources

Calendar (Overview and Important Dates)

 

KELPA Resources

Manuals

Test Examination Manuals

  • Kansas Examiner's Manual - Coming January 3, 2020
  • KELPA Examiner's Manual - Coming January 3, 2020
  • KELPA Administration and Scoring Manuals Secure Documents - Posted inside Educator Portal January 15

Technical Manuals

Training and Professional Development Resources

Test Security

Test security is essential to obtain reliable and valid scores for accountability purposes. Accordingly, the Kansas State Department of Education must take every step to assure the security and confidentiality of the state test materials. It is the responsibility of individuals who develop the tests, who administer the tests, and/or those who use the results to follow test security laws, regulations, and procedures.

Test Security Resources