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The Kansas Assessment System

The Kansas Assessment System consists of assessments in the following subject areas:

Reading, Grades 5, 8, 11
Math, Grades 4, 7, 10
Science, Grades 4, 7, 10
Social Studies, Grades 6, 8, 11
Alternate, Ages 10, 13, 16

Descriptions of the assessments:

Reading:
  • Given at grades 5, 8, and 11
  • Multiple yes-no
  • Four class periods needed
  • Four test types measured: Narrative, Expository, Technical, and Persuasive
  • Scores provided for text types and for Total Score
  • Modified reading and Pre-Reading assessment provided in 2003
  • Listening assessment may replace reading assessment for certain English Language Learners
  • Directions for reading assessment are in Plain English format
Math:
  • Given at grades 4, 7, and 10
  • Entirely multiple-choice
  • Four class periods needed
  • Calculator not allowed at grade 4; allowed for some parts of the assessment in grades 7 and 10
  • Scores provided for Knowledge, Application, and Total Score
  • One form of modified mathematics provided in 2003
  • Plain English form provided for mathematics
Science:
  • Given at grades 4, 7, and 10
  • Entirely multiple-choice
  • ]Three class periods needed
  • Scores provided for Knowledge, Process, and Total Score
  • One form of modified science was provided in 2003
Social Studies:
  • Given at grades 6, 8, and 11
  • Entirely multiple-choice
  • Three class periods needed
  • Scores provided for Knowledge, Application, and Total Score
  • One form of modified social studies was provided in 2003
Merit’s language arts and math software programs correlate to the Kansas Curricular Standards and can help students prepare for the State assessments. The content and format of Merit’s programs can help students develop and strengthen their test-taking skills as well as their reading, writing and math skills.

Merit reading software has been proven -- through rigorous, scientifically based research -- to increase both student reading comprehension and standardized test scores. Merit research study findings reveal that education software is an effective tool to improve test scores and academic performance.



Published: May 2005


HOW WE CAN HELP:
Merit Software's programs address the specific areas covered on the The Kansas Assessment System.

Visit our Curriculum Correlations for Kansas.





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