Assessments Overview

The Kansas Assessment Program, a program of the Kansas State Board of Education, is mandated by the Kansas State Legislature. In addition, the English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science assessments are a part of the federal elementary and secondary education legislation. The assessment program is designed to:

  • Measure specific indicators within the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards(KCCRS).
  • Provide information for calculating Annual Measureable Objectives (AMOs) and to provide information for state accreditation.
  • Report individual student scores along with the student’s performance level.
  • Provide subscale and total scores that can be used with local assessment scores to assist in improving a building’s or district’s ELA, mathematics, science, and history, government, and social studies (HGSS) programs.

Refer to the State Assessments and KIDS Data 2017-2018 document for a breakdown of the required records needed for assessment submission or staff connection.


Test Administration Modes

The Kansas Assessments are administered by using the Kansas Interactive Testing Engine® (KITE), available at the Kansas Assessment Program website, which has separate instructions and files for Windows, Macs, Chromebooks, and iPads. A paper/pencil copy of the assessment is available only as an accommodation.

Kansas State Assessments Resources

  • The KSDE Assessments page provides guidance and documentation regarding State assessments.
  • KSDE contracts with the Center for Education Testing and Evaluation (CETE) for computerized testing.
  • The assessments are administered in the Kansas Interactive Testing Engine (KITE).
  • Additional resources can be found on Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) page.
  • The KIDS Documents page contains several resources that provide guidance on what KIDS data are used for state assessments and the guidelines for submitting that data.

    • 2017-2018 KIDS File Specification Document
    • KIDS Submission Details Document: TEST
    • KIDS Submission Details Document: KCAN

Test Types

 Interim Assessments

TASC records are required for educators to build rosters for the Interim Assessments.

 DLM Assessments

DLM assessment will be sent directly to KITE.  

Summative State Assessments

A TEST record is required for summative assessments.  

English Language Arts (ELA) and Math Assessments

For the 2017-2018 school year, grades 3-8, and 10 will take the ELA and math assessments. The only high school students required to be assessed are 10th grade students.

 Science Assessment

For the 2017-2018 year, students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will take the Science assessment. The only high school students required to be assessed are 11th grade students. There is only one Science assessment this year.

History/Government Assessment

For the 2017-2018 year, students in grades 6, 8, or 11 will take the History/Government assessment. Therefore, the only high school students required to be assessed are 11th grade students.

Career Pathways Assessment System (cPass)

The cPass assessments are optional. A TEST record is required for cPass.

State English Language Proficiency Assessment (KELPA2)

KELPA2 is administered by CETE for 2017-2018. The indication of KELPA2 on a TEST record will generate a test ticket in KITE. Indication of KELPA2 on a TEST record is required for the results of a student’s KELPA2 to be used.