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Student Assessment FAQ

K-Readiness-Test Administration

Adaptive. Meaning difficulty goes up or down based on students' correct responses?

Yes.

Do ALL K students have to participate in this assessment?

Yes. This is a requirement from Senate Bill 2572.



All public Pre-K and Kindergarten students will take the K-Readiness Assessment, as well as all students in the 11 Early Learning Collaborative sites.

What if the scale score goes beyond Probable, will a Grade Equivalency be assigned?

With the norming of STAR Early Literacy students will now see a GE score from STAR Early Literacy. 

If districts use STAR Early Literacy as a progress monitoring tool throughout the year, will this be a separate assessment? Can we still use STAR Early Literacy through Renaissance without affecting the results of the MKAS2 assessment?

Yes, this will be a separate assessment. Yes, you can still use the STAR Early Literacy through Renaissance without affecting the results of the MKAS² assessment.

With the norming of STAR Early Literacy students will now see a GE score from STAR Early Literacy.

There is no limit, but is recommended that the following receive administrator accounts: DTCs, STCs, Test Administrators, and Proctors. It is not recommended that teachers receive administrator accounts.

If we already use STAR Early Literacy as our universal screener during the time period that this test will be required of our kindergartners, will we have to do it on the state site AND through OUR program?

The MDE has purchased Renaissance Data Integration (RDI), which will link the state and district portals together.

Will there be instructional suggestions for teachers available?

The instructional planning report will inform the teachers on how to plan their instruction for each student. Also on the MKAS website there are activities/resources for parents and teachers.

For clarification, must a district already using a universal screener with kindergarten be required to do MKAS2?

Yes. The K-Readiness Assessment through the MKAS2 state portal will fulfill the requirement of Senate Bill 2572.

Will MKAS2 produce group planning reports or just the individual student reports you used in your demo?

MKAS has the capability of grouping reports at the school and district level, if you have the correct administrator access, you will be able to create aggregated score reports. The reports available in MKAS are a small subset of reports in comparison to a district or school RP site. Administrators can generate a score report, diagnostic report, parent report and instructional planning report.

What if you print a student's ticket in advance but the student is absent on that date?

Tickets must be printed on the day that the student took the assessment. The daily test code changes every day.

How can the District Pre-K Coordinator become an administrator, in order to access reports?

The District Test Coordinator can add other administrators through their administrator account. 

Will this be a state mandated test that could replace MAP testing that some districts are currently using?

Districts that do not have literacy target schools are free to use any diagnostic tools they desire. All literacy target schools must use STAR Early Literacy and STAR Reading.

If we STOP a test, can the child test again the same day? If the student is refusing to test so the admin decides to stop the test, later the child agrees to test. Can we log on during the same day or must it wait until the next day?

You can stop the test by pressing ctrl-A to pause the test. The monitor password is "admin", when the student is ready to test again, log them back in and the test will resume where they left off. The test must be completed in 8 days. 

Will we screen math separately as well? Is the math included in the STAR Early Literacy program or is that a separate program?

There are 12 numeracy skills assessed in the K-Readiness Assessment. No additional math screening instrument is provided for Pre-K/Kindergarten Students.

What Student ID number will Pre-K and Kindergarten students use?

Districts will be required to have Renaissance Data Integration set up in their districts. This will allow the MSIS number to be used for all public Pre-K and Kindergarten students who will take the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. The 2015-2016 RDI upload dates will be August 7, 14, and 28. After August 28, the districts will have the ability to manually provision students, but these student will receive temporary student IDs.

If the students are testing in the state portal and using the district portal for progress monitoring, how I can be sure that the scores will be accurate?

The State Portal Assessment will accurately provide a score regardless if they tested in district site.

If a Pre-K or Kindergarten student enrolls for the first time in a MS public school after this first administration window closes, will that student still have to take the Pre-Test?

Yes. The State Portal can be opened after the pre-test testing window for special cases. 

How do you explain a child's progress monitoring score being lower than a previous score?

There are a variety of sources of measurement errors which may cause this to happen from time to time. 

Is there a time limit for each question?

For the K-Readiness assessment the time limit is 90 seconds, you will have 75 seconds before the timer appears on the screen then 15 additional seconds.

There are a variety of sources of measurement errors which may cause this to happen from time to time.

The teachable progression is in the Instructional Planning Report available in the MKAS portal.

K-Readiness-SPED/Accommodations

If a child does not understand the question or rabbit's direction (or is ELL), can the proctor listen in on the headphones and repeat the directions?

The Test Administrator can repeat and/or paraphrase the directions but not the test items.  Additionally, the student can press the rabbit image to repeat the question.

Do all accommodations have to appear in the student's IEP?

Accommodations must be in the student's IEP/Section 504 Plan for the specific assessment(s).  The accessibility features are available for all students.

Where is the MKAS2 Accommodations and Accessibility Features Manual located?

This document is located at the MKAS2 homepage at www.mde.k12.ms.us/mkas2. This document also contains the accommodations and accessibility features for the 3rd Grad Reading Summative Assessment.

Are four year olds with disabilities who come to the school for language/speech services assessed?

These students will not be required to take the assessment.

What about the students unable to take the assessment independently? Would it be appropriate to give the test one-on-one allowing student to point to answer and staff member clicking the mouse?

For students taking the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, accessibility feature #70 (Student will dictate or gesture answers to Scribe, and Scribe will mark answers directly into online test system in the presence of Test Administrator and Proctor) is available for all students, if needed.

3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment

You mentioned the test is timed. How long do students have to take the complete test?

Students will have roughly 4 hours and 15 minutes to complete the assessment. However, the average time for students to complete the assessment will be 30 to 40 minutes.

Is the state providing funding for remediation during the summer months? I know there are only two grants available per district but what if you do not get that grant.

MDE is not funding any kind of remediation at this time. Plans to remediate students who have failed is left up to the districts.

If a student fails the initial assessment, are they able to take the re-test twice?

There are two retest opportunities:

May 16 - 20, 2016

June 27 - August 5, 2016

 Students can only test once per testing window.

Students will have roughly 4 hours and 15 minutes to complete the assessment. However, the average time for students to complete the assessment will be 30 to 40 minutes.

Students need to score at least 926 on the 3rd Grade Summative Assessment to be promoted to the 4th grade.

Where do we get a sample item booklet?

 3rd Grade Summative Assessment Sample Item Booklet 

Why is it necessary for 3rd grade students to answer a "survey" at the end?

We would like for 3rd graders to relay their testing experience. The survey also allows MDE to reflect on testing practices to improve future testing procedures.

Is the STAR Reading assessment result a good indicator of a student's ability to perform well on this assessment? If teachers are using the suggested intervention that are in STAR, is it a good predictor that students will pass the test?

It really depends on how well the students perform on the STAR Reading assessment. If a student consistently performs well on the STAR Reading assessment and is at or above the 40th percentile benchmark, this is a good indicator that a student will perform well on the assessment. Students that are above the 40th percentile are on track to pass the summative assessment. Students that are in the “on watch” category, which is between the 25th and 40th percentile very well may be on track to be prepared for the 3rd grade assessment. We can’t definitively say that a student below the 40th percentile will fail the assessment. We can’t even say that a student below the 25th percentile may fail the 3rd grade summative assessment, the cut score for the 3rd grade summative will be set in May, then we will know where the students need to be with regards to STAR Reading benchmarks. 

Will there be multiple passages on the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment?

The 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment will be a 50 item multiple choice test, and will have passages.

Do teachers have to provide intervention documentation in order for the students to retake the test for the first time?

No, teachers are not required to provide documentation for the first retake. Documentation is needed for the second retake. A student may retest for a second time only after providing documentation that the student has received remediation in deficit areas.

Where are the authorization codes for our students?

The administrator has access to authorization codes. The codes are unique to every school and change everyday. Administrators must sign into their account to obtain the code. It is also on the student's authorization ticket as well.

If students have been able to complete STAR Reading assessments, is that a good indicator that the computer will support the MKAS2 assessment?

The STAR Reading assessments are built to support both Flash based and Universal player based web browsers, the MKAS² 3rd Grade Reading Summative assessment is a Universal Player based application only, you will need to verify that your computer and browser meets the system requirements specified for this assessment, you can find the system requirements document system requirements using the system requirements document in MKAS. 

The assessment should be given in a lab setting. What should we do if our school does not have a lab?

The recommendation is that the assessment should be given in a lab setting to create an environment that is quiet and free from distractions. If a lab setting is not available, repeat this process every time the student takes the assessment to satisfy the assessment with fidelity requirement.

What if a student clicks something and gets out of the test or goes to the desktop?

If a student clicks outside of the test more than 5 times the test will be aborted. The student will need to log back into the assessment and an administrator will need to enter an administrator password for the student to continue.

Where can I access the Test Administrator Manual for the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment?

The TAM is located on the "3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment" page on the MKAS2 website.

If a student scores a 3.1 GE, is that an indication they will pass the Summative Assessment?

STAR Reading and the 3rd Grade Summative Assessment are different. STAR Reading provides teachers with data to make instructional decision. STAR Reading can help identify students that are not on target for passing the 3rd grade summative assessment. Any student that scores above the 4oth percentile can be considered on track to pass the assessment. Any student between the 25th and 40th percentile is in the "on watch" category. Any student between the 10th and 25th percentile is in the intervention category, and any student below the 10th percentile is in the urgent intervention category. As the child's teacher and the fact that you are progress monitoring the student,  trust what you know about the student, take into account the progress they’ve made, where they are at in their learning progression and use the benchmarks as one of the indicators of where that student is with regards to being prepared for the MKAS² 3rd Grade Reading Summative assessment.

If students' test sessions are interrupted, will they be able to pick up right where they left off when they log back in?

Yes.

Is there a way that they can practice online rather than paper?

There is not online practice assessment; however, we encourage students to utilize STAR Reading. STAR reading will provide practice with timed assessment, user interface, and provide data for teachers before the 3rd grade summative Assessment.  

What is significantly below grade level?

To determine reading deficiencies, schools will need to review the recommended guidelines for the screening assessment utilized by the district.

Who will remediate the students during the summer?

Districts are responsible for remediating students.

When will the results of the 3rd grade reading summative assessment be available?

The 3rd grade summative assessment results will be available immediately.

Is there a way to make the clock/timer disappear for students with test anxiety?

No, the stopwatch icon will appear after 255 seconds notifying the student that they have 15 more seconds to select an answer. A possible accommodation would be to cover the top portion of the test window to hide the stopwatch.

When a student answers a question incorrectly, how will it affect their score…based on a student answering the question correctly while the answers continue to get harder?

The score will be based on the overall performance of the assessment, every question that a student answers incorrectly will cause their overall scaled score to decrease.

Is there an option for extended time on the assessment if the student receives special assistance or if the student is an ELL student?

Students with disabilities (SWDs) and English learners (ELs) can have a maximum of 20 minutes to answer each question; however, the test must be completed by 3:00 p.m. or the end of the student’s school day, whichever occurs first. The extended time accommodation (#20) must be listed in the student’s IEP or Section 504 Plan and specified for this assessment area.

Who will administer the 3rd grade retest during the June 27 - August 5, 2016 Window?

Districts will have to outline this procedure in their test security plans. Test administrators and proctors cannot be staff who assisted in the remediation process.

Is there a recommended practice software interface that can be used to create computer based practice assessments by schools and teachers?

We encourage teachers to expose students to STAR Reading. Students will become familiar with timed assessments, test questions, and the user interface.

If a student passes the third grade assessment and failed main courses at the building, will that child have to re-take the assessment next year while repeating the third grade?

The student's score will be "banked". Once the student passes the assessment, they will not have to take the test again. 

Will the test be timed for deaf, blind, and ELL students?

Yes, the test is timed. Students with disabilities can have a maximum of 20 minutes to answer each question; however, the test must be completed by 3:00 p.m. or the end of the student’s school day, whichever occurs first. The extended time accommodation (#20) must be listed in the student’s IEP or Section 504 Plan and specified for this assessment area.

Will proficiency levels be assigned to students from the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment?

No. Students will only be given a "Pass/Fail" status

Is a microphone required?

No, the summative assessment does not have an auditory component.

For those students who are coded grade 56 and are not SCD, will they assess with their peer grade?

Yes.

Would Dyslexia students be accommodated in anyway?

If the student has an IEP or Section 504 Plan with specified testing accommodations, the student would receive those accommodations.  For the student who do not have an IEP or Section 504 Plan, then the student will use “General” accommodations or Accessibility Features.

Will the 3rd Grade Summative Assessment results be included in the accountability model?

No. Only the 3rd Grade Questar results will be included.

Would we be able to utilize the sample items in our classroom?

Yes, please prepare your students for the assessment. We encourage you to get parents involved as well. 

The practice questions are timed. Are the real questions timed?

Yes. The test is timed. Students will have 270 seconds to complete each item.

How long does a student have to complete the assessment if he / she has an extended illness?

Student will have 8 days to complete the test, once they have begun testing. Student must have documentation of illness.

Are there any read aloud or text to speech accommodations for Special Education students?

There are no read aloud accommodations available for this assessment. 

Will all questions have the same 270 seconds to answer regardless of the passage length?

Yes.

In regards to time limit, when the time is about over for a test item it was stated that a student could click an answer and until they click next it won't record their response. How many additional second will they get?

Students will have 270 seconds to answer each questions. When there are 15 seconds remaining the student will see a stop watch icon at the top of the page notifying them that time is running out. When time runs out the test will advance to the next question whether or not the student has selected an answer.

Will SPED students who qualify for Good Cause Exemptions still need to take the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment?

Yes. SPED students who qualify for Good Cause Exemptions (GCE) will need to participate in the initial assessment window for the current school year. If the student fails the assessment, the Good Cause Exemption may then be applied. If all supporting documentation has been approved by the district superintendent, allowing the student to forgo any retest opportunities.  The 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment is not considered appropriate for students with a Significant Cognitive Disability (SCD) ruling, they will qualify for GCE (B) and will be administered the DLM and therefore, will NOT take the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment.

Is there a way to go back and read the passages or will they be on the same page? What is the readability level of the test?

The passages will be on the same page. The reading level of the grade 2 questions ranges from 1.8 to 2.7, which means they are appropriate for a student from the eighth month of grade 1 (1.8) to the seventh month of grade 2 (2.7). There is a maximum of 40 words in each passage at these levels. The reading level of the grade 3 questions ranges from 2.8 (the eighth month of grade 2) to 3.7 (the seventh month of grade 3), and there is a maximum of 55 words in each passage at these levels.

Will there be an online practice test?

No.

ELPT

Who is an English learner?

The term “English learner,” when used with respect to an individual, means an individual

(A) who is aged 3 through 21;

(B) who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school;

(C)  (i) who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than

             English;

      (ii)(I) who is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a native resident of the outlying

                areas; and

           (II) who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a             

                 significant impact on the individual's level of English language proficiency; or

      (iii) who is migratory, whose native language is a language other than English, and who

             comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; and

(D) whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language may

      be sufficient to deny the individual

      (i) the ability to meet the challenging State academic standards;

(ii) the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is

             English; or

(iii) the opportunity to participate fully in society.

       Reference:  ESEA Section 8101(20)

What is the English Language Proficiency Test?

 

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is a secure, large-scale, English language proficiency test administered to Kindergarten through grade 12 students who have been officially identified as English learners (EL).  This assessment is administered annually in the Spring to monitor each English learner’s progress in acquiring academic English.  As mandated by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the students are tested in four domains:  Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.  
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oela/english-learner-toolkit/eltoolkit.pdf 

 

3rd Grade Summative Assessment-Students with disabilities

How will a blind student take the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment if this assessment is on the computer only?

A braille version of the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment will be available for blind students.

Where can we find a list of MDE approved alternate assessments? (Bullet 4 of good cause exemptions)

For the 2015-2016, there are no approved alternate assessments. However, students will have 2 retest opportunities to pass the 3rd grade summative assessment. 

Will deaf students qualify for the good cause exemption for the 3rd Grade Summative Assessment?

No. The summative assessment does not have an auditory component.

Will IEP students be eligible for Good Cause Exemption?

Good cause exemptions for promotion are limited to students with disabilities whose individual education plan (IEP) indicates that participation in statewide accountability assessment program is not appropriate. Also, students with a disability whose IEP or Section 504 plan indicates the student has received intensive remediation for two years but still demonstrates deficiency in reading and was previously retained.

For the 3rd grade good cause exemption, will a retention in kindergarten count?

Students with a disability who participate in the state annual accountability
assessment and who have an IEP or a Section 504 plan that reflects that the
individual student has received intensive remediation in reading for more than
two (2) years but still demonstrates a deficiency in reading and previously was
retained in Kindergarten or First, Second or Third Grade.

Will the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment be required for all 3rd grade students, including students with severe disabilities such as the 1% severely disabled students?

Participating in the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment will be required unless students' individual education plan (IEP) indicates that participation in the state wide assessment is not appropriate, as authorized under state law.

How will a visually impaired student take the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment if this assessment is on the computer only?

The 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment has built in features that will allow for accommodations/modifications for visually impaired students. This link will provide more information. http://doc.renlearn.com/KMNet/R004443529GJ8255.pdf

Please also view the MKAS2 Accommodations and Accessibility Features manual located on the MKAS2 site www.mde.k12.ms.us/mkas2.

MKAS2 Portal/Technical

Are passwords case sensitive?

Administrators - Yes; Students - No

K-Readiness/Universal Screener

Do Pre-K/Kindergarten students have to take 2 tests through the state portal and through the local Renaissance Place site?

No. The K-Readiness Assessment will count as the first round of diagnostic assessments for Pre-K and Kindergarten students.

K-Readiness-Test Security

Can the computer lab assistant (non certified person) be the test administrator or should it be the teacher?

No. A certified employee with the district must be the test administrator.  The computer lab assistant could be the proctor in the room, or an individual who is in the room ensuring students are able to log-in to the testing site.

Our kindergarten students always take the STAR Early Literacy at the beginning of every school year. Would this assessment be invalidated if we allow them to do the Early Literacy through STAR prior to this assessment?

The results will still be valid even if the student takes a STAR Early Literacy test before taking the MKAS K-Readiness assessment. However, only the K-Readiness Assessment will count as the MKAS2 Pre-Test.

Will we need to have a new district test security plan for 2015-2016 year before this assessment?

No. You will not have to create a new district Testing Security Plan (TSP) for this school year before the K-Readiness assessment.  Districts will need to complete the K-Readiness Assessment Addendum for last year's TSP.

Universal Screener/Diagnostic Assessment/3rd Summative Assessment

So do we share the results to both assessments STAR Early Literacy & STAR Reading to the parents?

Yes. Please make sure to share information with your parents and retain documentation of parent/teacher communication.

Are there any changes to the STAR Reading benchmarks? She discussed STAR Early, but not STAR.

There are no changes to STAR reading benchmarks. There are four benchmarks- urgent intervention, intervention, on watch, and at/above benchmark.

K-Readiness Assessment

If a school administered the K-Readiness Assessment through their local Renaissance Place site, will that count as administering the K-Readiness Assessment?

No. The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment can only be administered via the MKAS2 State Portal at www.mde.k12.ms.us/mkas2.

We have completed our K-Readiness testing and have 6 students with no results. They are listed on the enrollment report but the test date is blank. Does this mean they were thrown out during the first practice questions?

Have the students to enter the test again and make sure the test has been completed.

Is the cut score for Kindergarten 530 for entering Kindergarten or exiting Kindergarten?

The recommended cut score for entering Kindergarten is 530. At this time, there is not an exiting score.

Who will be the coordinator for the K-Readiness Assessment and the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment?

Both assessments will be coordinated by the District Test Coordinator and executed by the School Test Coordinator.

Who will be required to take the K-Readiness Assessment?

Only children attending Early Learning Collaborative sites, public Pre-K programs and Kindergarten students, including four- and five-year-old children with disabilities, will be required to take the K-Readiness Assessment, except those who meet the following criteria: (a) children who meet the criteria for having a significant cognitive disability (SCD), (b) who are deaf, (c) who are blind, and (d) who are deaf-blind.

Are Pre-K students required to take the K-Readiness Assessment who are 3 years old before the Pre-Test but 4 years old before the Post-Test?

No.

After the students complete the K-Readiness Assessment, will their scores be visible in the district reports from the local Renaissance Place site?

The MDE has purchased Renaissance Data Integration (RDI), which will link the state and district portals together.

Can iPads be used for the K-Readiness and 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment?

During the 2014 - 2015 school year, the assessments on the State Portal will be in HTML5 and therefore iPads will be supported.

Do I need to log into the STAR app to take the K-Readiness Assessment and Kindergarten Readiness Assessment?

Do I need to log into the STAR app to take the K-Readiness Assessment and Kindergarten Readiness Assessment?

What does MDE plan to do with the results of the K-Readiness Assessment?

The results will be used to provide support to students and teachers.

3rd Grade Summative

Our district chose 50 PR as the benchmark. In order to evaluate more accurately how our students will measure up to the 3rd grade reading gate, should we adjust to match the benchmark (move to 40)? Is 40 going to be the state benchmark?

No. You are setting high expectation for your students by making sure they are ready for the 3rd grade summative assessment. This is a great move if you are not using STAR as your universal screener. STAR is creating the assessments. 

Will 3rd students take the Questar Assessment?

Yes. 3rd grade students are required to take the Questar assessment along with the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment.

If a district uses MAP, and score proficient on that assessment, but do not pass the STAR assessment for whatever reason; will a district be allowed to promote a student based on the MAP scores?

No. Students must pass the 3rd grade summative assessment.

Where do we get the parent letter from state department cite or renaissance page?

Sample letters are located using the links below.  The first link  informs parents of the assessment and the second link will direct you to the MS Literacy-Based Promotion Act Implementation Guide. Click on the guide and locate page 97. http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/ms-college-career-standards/literacy-toolkit  and https://districtaccess.mde.k12.ms.us/curriculumandInstruction/Literacy/LBPA-Implementation-Guide-2014.08.18.pdf

What about students that transfer from out of state after 3rd grade and are entering 4th grade? Will they have to take an assessment to enroll in 4th grade?

Student that transfer from out of state will not have to take the 3rd grade summative assessment. 

Based on the STAR Reading Assessment, which PR category identifies students with a substantial reading deficiency?

"STAR Users" any students that scores less than 40 PR is considered in danger for failing the 3rd grade summative assessment.  Those students have a substantial reading deficiency.  "NON-STAR" users will need to analyze score reports and other formative assessments to determine substantial reading deficiency. 

K-Readiness-Portal/Technical

How do you select the Next button using only the keyboard?

Press the enter key after selecting the answer.

If a district has determined thei own testing window, will we be able to assess students who enroll after the district's determined test test window?

Yes, students can be tested during the window of August 11 - September 19.

Will it be possible to take the STAR Early Literacy assessment on a touch-screen device?

Students are able to take STAR Assessments on all tablets 7 inches or larger. 

K-Readiness-Test Administration & Test Security

Who administers the assessment for children who receive homebound services or community-based services? What is the role of the special education teacher?

The Test Administrator can be a familiar teacher who has been trained to administer the assessment. In these settings, the Test Proctor may also serve as a scribe, if one is needed.

Universal Screener/Diagnostic Assessment

How many years will Literacy Target schools have access to the Universal Screener and Diagnostic Assessment?

Currently the contract is through June 2015.

Do all schools have to follow the universal screener assessment windows as outlined in Component 1 on the MKAS2 Key Dates Document?

Universal screener testing windows are required only for literacy target schools. They are recommended for non-literacy target schools. 

K-Readiness Assessment-Test Administration

If a student transfers, or does not show up to school, or moves, or is accidentally recorded in the wrong grade, what is the process for all of this?

If a student meets one of these categories, and IF THEY DID NOT TEST YET, then these students will have to be deleted out of the system. Only the DTC can place this request in the MKAS2 folder in SharePoint.



If a student meets one of these categories, and already tested, the the student cannot be deleted, and after the Month 1 data is cleaned up in MSIS, then these students will be auto-sorted to their correct schools and teachers. 

What is the process if a student transfers from one school to another in the same district?

If the transfer happens before August 28, the RDI process will automatically place the student in the correct school, as long as the district student information system reflects this change before the August 28 RDI upload. If the transfer happens after August 28, and the student has not been added via the RDI process, then the student will have to be manually provisioned at the new school site.

If the student has been added to the MKAS site and they have not taken the assessment, you will simply need to log that student into the MKAS site with their MSIS number and use the daily test code for the school the student is now enrolled in, once the student is done taking the assessment, they will be enrolled in the new school.

State Portal

Where do the students take the assessments?

The students will take both the K-Readiness Assessment and the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment through the MKAS2 State Portal at www.mde.k12.ms.us/mkas2.

K-Readiness: Headphones

What groups of students will need headphones?

Pre-K and Kindergarten students will need headphones. 

ELL Students

How will students who do not speak English be handled in MKAS2?

Kindergarten students who do not speak English will be required to take the K-Readiness Assessment. Even if these students do not do well in the Pre-Test, improvement should be made before the K-Readiness Post-Test.
 

Test Administration

Who can be assigned administrator accounts in MKAS2?

The DTCs will be the primary administrator account holder. They can create other administrator accounts to other district level staff. Administrator accounts must not be created for teachers.

Test Sessions

What happens in the event of a system failure during a testing session?

You should be able to log back in after the system failure is fixed, you will need to enter the monitor password to resume the aborted test.

K-Readiness

Is the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment different from the Kindergarten Universal Screener?

No. They are both adaptive and were created based on the same assessment engine.

No. They are both adaptive and were created based on the same assessment engine.

Yes.

Bandwidth Issues

What will happen in the event of a disruption in internet connectivity while taking STAR assessments?

For periodic slowness, students will see a "please wait" message anywhere between 3 - 10 seconds.



For heavy slowness, students will see a "please wait" message between 10 - 25 seconds.



If there is no internet connectivity, then once the internet access is restored students can log back in and resume testing where they left off.