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Traci Hinman
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Science Professional Development Modules

Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) is pleased to offer science professional development modules 1 and 2, which are designed to help teachers learn about DLM science assessment structure and Essential Elements, as well as how to engage students in learning the concepts of the Essential Elements.

Special education teachers sometimes feel they need extra support adopting the new multidimensional approach that incorporates both science concepts and science practice in science education. These modules, titled DLM Science Standards Framework and Science and Engineering Practices, walk teachers through the process of including science concepts and practices in instruction. Since DLM science testlets are based on the multidimensional approach, these modules help teachers prepare students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills during the assessment.

You can access the science modules on the DLM professional development website, by clicking this link and selecting Science on the left sidebar. The modules are available in both facilitated and self-directed formats.

END OF THE YEAR DLM Testlet Verification

Retrieve the DLM Blueprint Coverage Summary extract as stated below.

Open the spreadsheet and look at Columns T and U

Column U represents the required amount of testlets

Column T shows how many testlets the student has completed

Columns T and U will match when the student has completed all required testlets

Column V indicates if a field test was issued to the student

DLM Testlet Verification

Login to KITE


Role: District Test Coordinator

Organization: District Name

Assessment Program: DLM

Click on REPORTS

Click on Downloads (under Data Extracts)

Click on New File using the DLM Blueprint Coverage Summary extract

In the Create Extract Filters box, click the radio button next to District

Leave all other fields blank, and Click OK

Wait for file to generate

Double click on CSV file, and open the file

Look at column K

The goal is to have 100% under % Students Met (column K)

If not at 100%, why?

  1. Not all testlets have been completed
  2. Student may have taken wrong EEs
  3. Student may not have taken enough EEs

How to double check testlets

Click on REPORTS

Click on Downloads (under Data Extracts)

Click on New File using the DLM Test Administration Monitoring extract

In the Create Extract Filters box, select DLM next to Assessment Program

Leave all other fields blank, and Click OK

Wait for file to generate

Double click on CSV file, and open the file

Look at columns N and O. The number 0 is the only number that should be listed in columns N and O. If there are other numbers listed, contact your build test coordinators/sped teachers to see if testing has been completed.




District Test Coordinator and Building Test Coordinators

PLEASE make sure that the personnel listed below have this information and follow up to see that they are on track for the Dynamic Learning Maps instructionally embedded assessments.  Attached is a document showing the number of Essential Elements that need to be selected, instructed, and assessed in each of three assessment windows.  The first window opened on September 21.

Data Management/DLM Student Enrollment and Rostering

Registering students for the Dynamic Learning Assessments will NOT be done through the KIDS system with TEST records this year.  Students will be enrolled for DLM assessments through the KITE Educator Portal using the process described in the Data Management Manual to upload an Enrollment file.

After the students have been uploaded in the Enrollment file, Rosterfiles must be uploaded to Educator Portal to give teachers access to their students for DLM assessments.

The above Enrollment and Roster uploads should already be completed or near completion so teachers can begin working with their students in DLM

Teacher/Test Administrator

  1. Resources: DLM Test Administration Manual, Accessibility Manual, Guide to Educator Portal, Guide to Required DLM Training, and Educator Resource Page.
  2. Login to KITE Educator Portal and complete security agreement (needs to be done annually)
  3. Update and submit first contact survey for each student on your DLM roster.
  4. Update the Access File (PNP) for each student on you DLM roster.
  5. Complete required training before September 21 (training may be done after this, but must be completed before you can work with student in DLM instruction).

Reminder:  The DLM testing window opens September 21st!

DTC’s–Two actions have to occur before teachers can administer the DLM.
1.  An Enrollment Upload must be sent up to KITE
2.  Students will have to be attached to their teachers
How to do an Enrollment Upload via the Enrollment Upload Template
1.  Login into Educator Portal in KITE
2.  Click on Settings
3.  Click on Students
4.  Next to Select Action:  using down arrow click on Upload Enrollment
5.   Next to FILE:  hover on the question mark.  It will ask if you want to download the Enrollment Upload Template.  Double click on the template.
6.  Of the listed cells, you will need to fill out cells: B, C, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, Q, R, T, V, W
7.  In the DLM Data Management Manual 17-18 found on the following link,,  Pages 53-58 show what to insert into each cell.  Pages 59-60 lists the various codes used in the template.
7.5  Cell B is the letter D and the NUMBER zero (0) followed by the 3-digit district code.
8.  Cell W should say:    DLM
9.  Once the template is completed, save it as a csv file
10. Now the file is ready to be sent to KITE
11.  Within KITE, click on Settings.
12.  Click on Students
13.  Next to Select Action:  choose Upload Enrollment
14. Select the State, District
15. Click on CSV file and double click on the CSV file you created
16. Click Upload.
17. Once the file has uploaded, a box will show if you have you have rejected files.  If this occurs, double click on the file, and it will tell you the error.
18.  Fix any errors and re-upload the file.
How to attach DLM students to their teachers
1.  Log into KITE Educator Portal
2.  Click on Settings
3.  Click on Rosters
4.  Next to Select Action: using the down arrow select Create Roster
5.  Select appropriate State, District, and School
6.  Click on Search
7.  All DLM teachers and students should appear
8.  Under Roster Name, give the roster a name, usually teacher name and the subject  (EX:  Hinman ELA)
9.  Under Subject select either English Language Arts, Mathematics, or Science
10. Nothing needs to be selected for Course
11. Click on the teacher and click on the students who should be attached to the selected teacher.
12. Click SAVE
13.  Students should now be attached to the teacher for the selected subject.  Steps 5-12 must be completed for each DLM test that a student takes, such as ELA, Math, and possibly Science


January 5 2018:  TEST records should be submitted to the KIDS system by January 12 for students that will take the KELPA2 assessment.

January 2, 2018:  The Kansas Assessment Examiner’s Manual (KAEM) and the Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment 2 (KELPA2) have been posted on the Kansas Assessment website.


Can I change a score once it is submitted?

  • No
  • The only way to override a score is to have the DTC assign a different scorer and have the new scorer grade the response.

We made changes to the scoring template and now it won’t upload.  What should we do?

  • We ask that scorers refrain from making ANY modifications to the scoring template when scoring students. If any modifications have been made to the scoring template this will cause problems when coordinators try and upload it to Educator Portal.  Adjusting the columns is fine. Examples include changing the column header names, modifying any of the student’s information (Modifying their name or test name).  Adding students that are not already on the scoring template.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the KITE Service Desk at 855-277-9752  or email them at Kansas Assessment Program Help

 I heard student responses for speaking were not be saved on the KITE servers.  Is this true?  If so, what can we do about it?

  • Last week there was an isolated report from a district where students were taking the speaking test and the answers were not being saved on the KITE Servers. Upon further investigation with the KITE Service Desk it was determined that the district’s content filter was not allowing communication with Amazon. Once the district enabled communication with the tests functioned as they should. Should you experience this issue, please have your IT team ensure that you are allowing this site in your content filter.

Educator Portal – HELP tab!  If you haven’t had time to access the HELP tab inside the Educator Portal it is full of “helpful” information to assist with scoring and administration!


K-ELPA Grade 1: Writing Rubric for Question 15

We received a call about the K-ELPA 1st Grade Writing test, and the rubric displaying in Educator Portal for Question #15. On the printed rubric materials, the question can be scored from 0-2; however, in Educator Portal, the rubric allows scores from 0-4 (and has different text in the rubric). After researching the issue, we determined that question #15 is a “Copy a Word” question and the printed rubric information (downloaded from Educator Portal) includes the correct “Copy a Word” rubric for #15.

Please use the printed rubrics when scoring.

ESOL students in Kansas will take the Kansas – English Language Proficiency Assessment (K-ELPA).  Four domains (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) are assessed at Grades K-12. This year’s assessment will be using items that were received from a third-party vendor, not developed at CETE. Following a joint review by KSDE and CETE of the test forms, it was determined that not all of the vendor’s items meet the high level of quality we would expect for our students in Kansas.  During test administration, if students indicate there is a problem with an item please report the issue just as you would with any other item. Please refer to the Test Security and Ethics Fact Sheet for this guidance.  Upon completion of testing, all items will be reviewed again and items that are of poor quality will be removed from the score.   Although the number of items with issues is not significant, we wanted you to know that we are aware that there are issues, and we are already taking steps for future test administrations to correct these problems.

K-ELPA scoring includes an option for simultaneous scoring in speaking.  To utilize the simultaneous scoring option you must have scoring completed by March 10.  However, if you wish to use the deferred model for scoring speaking you have until March 30 to complete scoring.

There have been some questions about scores since the release of the ELPA21 results on Tuesday, January 24th.  These scores are official and should be used to make educational decisions for our students.

This information is being added to the Reports Review Guide in the Authenticated Web Application.

Also being added to the review guide is a revised set of cut scores for the scale score ranges.  The cut scores that were first released contained a few inconsistencies and have been corrected.

Testing Tickets

There are no student tickets available for K-ELPA, ELA, math, and science summative testing. Usernames and passwords for students are found by downloading the Student Login Usernames/Passwords extract. If the student participated in Interim testing, usernames/passwords can also be obtained from those tickets. Extracts are found in KITE Educator Portal under Reports–>Downloads. Daily Access Codes are found under Manage Tests –> Test Coordination–>View Daily Access Codes. For more information about downloading Daily Access Codes, please access the Educator Portal Manual, the Kansas Examiner’s Manual (page 34-35) and the K-ELPA Examiner’s Manual (page 11, 20-21) on


Accessing Materials for KELPA2 Scoring

In order for scoring materials to be available in Educator Portal, the student(s) must have a KELPA2 test session. If you do not have test sessions for KELPA2, you will need to contact your test coordinator.

 Directions for Test Coordinators:

  1. Materials are found under Manage Tests–>Test Coordination. Select the school information on the search dropdowns and click the Search button. Once the test sessions appear, select the PDF icon in the Test Materials column.
  2. Materials can also be found under Scoring–>Score Tests. Select the appropriate grade level and then click Search. Choose the test session and click the Next button. Hint: You may need to scroll down to see the Next button. You will then see the PDF with scoring materials along with a list of student test sessions available for scoring.

 Directions for Teachers:

Materials for scoring are found under Scoring–>Score Tests. Select the appropriate grade level and then click Search. Choose the test session and click the Next button. Hint: You may need to scroll down to see the Next button. You will then see the PDF with scoring materials along with a list of student test sessions available for scoring.

All K-ELPA scoring materials and resources are now on the website!

KELPA2 Reports; Proficient Two Years, and Complete K-ELPA Download are now available in KSDE Authenticated Web Application under AMOSS.

  1. Proficient two years in a row and the district does not want to test them this year, simply send another TEST record at that time clearing the student from the test.
  1. Wait until after January 24th to send only those students that will be tested this year.

Thank you for your continued dedication.  Please contact Lee or Julie with any questions you may have.

K-ELPA Interactive Demos How-to


K-ELPA Manual


EDCS : EDCS data entry is currently unavailable for 2016-2017 school year due to system enhancements required by the Blue Ribbon Task Force Initiative.

We expect the system to be online 12/1/16.

Please do not upload TEST records with a K-ELPA indication in KIDS Collection until EDCS is back online.


K-ELPA students will be uploaded through a TEST upload after the first of the year.
For K and 1st graders, a printable PDF will be available in January for the writing piece.
When should I give the KELPA-P?  The KELPA-P is given as a screener anytime there is a question if a student should receive ESOL services.
Where do I find the KELPA-P documents to download?  The KELPA-P is found in the KSDE Web Application website.  You may need to ask your superintendent for permission to the KELPA_AMAO tab.
1. Login into the KSDE Web Applications website
2.  Click on KELPA_AMAO
3.  Click on KELPA-P Files for Download
4.  Click on the appropriate grade level
5.  A file will open
6.  Download and print the answer sheet, booklet, key, and manual
7.  Next, download the audio files, usually to a CD.  (Chocolate to your tech person is always a good idea!)
8.  You should be ready to test.


January 5, 2018:  PNP’s should be entered in KITE by January 19 for any of those students that need accommodations.

January 2, 2018:  The Kansas Assessment Examiner’s Manual (KAEM) and the Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment 2 (KELPA2) have been posted on the Kansas Assessment website.

December 18, 2017:  Student passwords for the KITE student portal are being reset on December 21st.  New passwords will be available on December 22 and will remain the same for the rest of the 2017-2018 school year.  Starting in 2018-2019 passwords will be reset at the start of the school year in August.

Learn Helpful Testing Tips by Visiting the Educator Resource Videos Page
As you begin testing in the instructionally embedded window, the Educator Resource Videos page is a great place to find quick and informative videos that answer many questions about the DLM® system, KITE® Client, and Educator Portal. Many of the videos are less than five minutes long and provide valuable information on topics such as

  • using KITE Client,
  • using the Instructional Tools Interface,
  • training about the personal learning profile, and
  • verifying rosters and student data.

At this time of year, users who are not familiar with ITI will benefit from the videos titled “Using the Instructional Tools Interface” and “How to Use the Instructional Tools Interface.”

The videos listed on this page serve as a quick start guide by providing walkthroughs on a number of topics that are frequently visited by users.

October 13, 2017:  HGSS On-Demand Writing Topics and Scoring Rubric

For the 2018 HGSS assessment, students in grades 6, 8, and 11 write to a prompt for one portion of the test. Students will write about the following topics: Grade 6, Ancient Greece; Grade 8, Establishing America; and Grade 11, Civil Rights and Social Change. All student responses must be scored by district staff. Individual districts facilitate the scoring of the written responses. Scoring occurs in KITE® Educator Portal, with two options available for scoring: scoring directly in Educator Portal or printing and then uploading scores in Educator Portal. All scoring must be completed by May 11, 2018.It is recommended that the HGSS assessment be scheduled early in the testing window to allow time for scoring.

Student responses are scored using a holistic rubric (provided below). Educators will use the analytic rubric found on the KSDE website HGSS page to help determine the holistic score. Additional scoring and training materials, including specific details regarding how to score, will be provided about two weeks prior to the opening of the testing window. Scoring and training materials will be available in Educator Portal on the HELP tab.

October 9, 2017:  District and building test coordinators, please review your KITE Educator Portal users’ profiles and remove retired roles.  Also make sure you have ONE person designated as District Test Coordinator with others needing district access having the District User role and buildings should have ONE person designated as Building Test coordinator with others needing building level access assigned the Building User role.  All other users should be Teacher.  Also you are reminded to inactivate users no longer with your district.

The following roles are the ones currently available in KITE Educator Portal:
***District Test Coordinator
***District User
***District Superintendent
***Building Test Coordinator
***Building User

October 4, 2017:  The testing window for the first interim predictive assessment is October 16 – October 27.

Interim predictive assessments provide an estimate of future performance on Kansas summative assessments. These assessments allow educators to evaluate students’ knowledge and skills relative to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards in English Language Arts and mathematics. Each interim predictive test is composed of 25 test questions and should take about one class period to administer.  Students must answer ALL 25 questions to get a predictive score.

Before administering an interim predictive test, districts must submit a TASC record through KIDS to roster students and teachers.

Educators who use the interim assessment system must have an active account in Educator Portal.

The KITE system will automatically assign students with a TASC record to each predictive assessment.

The interim predictive tests are administered online via the KITE Client (Student Portal).

Each student has a username and password. The username and passwords are the same for all assessments administered in the KITE Student Portal. Usernames and passwords are available in the Educator Portal.

Interim predictive tests do not use a Daily Access Code.

Student reports for interim predictive assessment can be accessed in Educator Portal by clicking on the Interim menu and then the View Results tab.

Available resources to assist with implementation and understanding score reports can be found at

  • Interim User Guide
  • Predictive Interim Score Report (coming soon)

October 3, 2017:  A new KITE Client installer for macOS 10.13.0 only is now available (as of 5:00 PM 9/29/2017).  Anyone who already installed KITE Client and upgraded to macOS 10.13.0 will need to uninstall and reinstall KITE Client.

Additionally, Apple is aware of an issue where KITE Client is not covering the whole screen, leaving the dock area exposed.  As a workaround, users of macOS 10.13.0 need to set Dock to Auto Hide in System Preferences >> Dock >> Automatically hide and show the Dock.  More information on this can be found on the EP Help tab.

September 25, 2017:  Braille booklets for spring 2018 testing must be requested by November 10

The Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation will be ordering braille testing booklets for student use on the 2018 summative assessments.

Please request braille booklets through the Personal Needs Profile (PNP) in Educator Portal.

Booklets will be ordered for students who have “Braille” selected on the “Language & Braille” tab of their PNP. Booklets will be ordered several weeks before the testing window opens, and CETE needs an accurate count of how many to order. Educators are encouraged to ensure that the PNPs of all students in need of these booklets are up-to-date.

PNPs must be correct for all students who need regular braille assessment by Friday, November 10, 2017. If any changes are made to your orders after this date or if you have questions, please contact

 To be able to enter PNPs in KITE Educator Portal for your students who need Braille, you must first submit TEST records to KIDS for those students.

August 15, 2017:  Kansas Science Assessment student, building and district score reports are now available in the Educator Portal.  Cut scores were approved by the state board of education at the August meeting.  Science results will be available in AMOSS in early September.  We will announce on our listserv when they are available.

Science Cut Scores

                             Level 1                         Level 2                        Level 3                         Level 4

GRADE 5         220-276                        277-299                      300-329                      330-380

GRADE 8         220-274                        275-299                      300-327                      328-380

GRADE 11        220-277                        278-299                      300-327                      328-380

August 8, 2017:  The Kansas Assessment Overview Document which includes relevant dates for major state assessment events is now posted on the Kansas Assessment Program website at the following link.


November 28, 2017:  Winter Interim Predictive Test

The winter interim predictive testing window is 12/04/17–12/15/17.   You must submit TASC records through KIDS for students to be eligible for any interim test.  The KITE system will automatically assign the predictive test to students with a TASC record.  If you did not participate in the first testing window you may still administer the winter and spring predictive interim tests.  The attached interpretive score report guide provides an excellent overview that describes the score report and suggests ways to use the results.  Other helpful interim resources can be found at

October 10, 1017:  With the Interim Predictive window opening next Monday the KITE team would like to make sure you are ready to go. Just a reminder, students that will be testing will need to be uploaded with a TASC record for Math and/or ELA at grades 3-8, and 10.  DO NOT SUBMIT TASC records for other subjects, other grades or for students who will be taking the DLM assessments.

 Additionally, you will want to make sure you are using this year’s version of KITE Client.  To prevent testing interruptions, make sure you have visited with your technology staff to whitelist the following domains.

September 15, 2017:  We are pleased to announce that interim mini tests are now available in the KITE Educator Portal.  Based on input from the field, ATS made enhancements to the Interim system in KITE.  The attached Interim User Manual showcases those changes and provides details about administering interim assessments. We appreciate the input we received from the field and hope that the changes enhance your ability to use the system when working with students.

New this year, CETE has developed Predictive Interim Assessments that will be available for ELA and Math.  Directions regarding administration are also included in the Interim User Manual.  The fall testing window for the predictive interim is 10-17-17 to 10-27-17.

Before administering an interim predictive test or interim mini test, districts must submit a TASC record through KIDS to roster students and teachers. Refer to KIDS information provided by KSDE if necessary. Also, educators must have an active account in Educator Po

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