The Kansas State Board of Education has established challenging curricular standards for all students in the core areas of reading, mathematics, social studies, and writing. KSD has taken those standards and created curriculums based on the objectives identified by the state and then identified materials and strategies to teach the curriculum.
State assessments are completed with students annually, as required by the Kansas State Board of Education and Kansas State Department of Education. Each year students in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school must complete assessments in reading and math. Additional assessments in writing, science and social studies are done with limited grade levels as required. If you have specific questions about state assessments for your child, please contact the Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator.
KSD's primary local assessment is the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). The MAP is a dynamic computerized assessment which can be compared across grade levels. All students in grades 2 through 11 take the MAP twice each year - in the fall and spring. Any questions about the MAP can be directed to the Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator.
In order to continue to meet the needs of all students at KSD, ongoing review of the curriculum is carried out through curriculum committees to ensure that every student receives the quality education they deserve.
Students at specific grade levels participate in state assessments. Students can qualify to take assessments with accommodations [e.g. signed directions and extended time], assessments with modification [e.g. same content information but vocabulary and language is more controlled], or alternate assessments [for students who receive their core academics based on the extended standards].
Local assessments are administered to determine students' present levels of educational performance. Local assessments include: KSD English Writing Samples, curriculum based assessments and informal reading inventories.
In order to continue to meet the needs of all students at KSD, ongoing work is carried out through curriculum committees to ensure that every student receives the quality education they deserve.