Understanding the kap

Understanding the KAP

The KAP is a set of untimed, computerized tests in English language arts; mathematics; and science. The test content fully aligns to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards as well as Kansas’s content standards. The Center for Educational Testing & Evaluation (CETE) at the University of Kansas develops the assessments. The purpose of the KAP is to provide parents, educators, and policymakers with a piece of information about student learning. KAP also meets federal and state accountability requirements. All students in grades 3-8 and 10 will take assessments in English language arts and mathematics. Students in grade 5, 8, and 11 will take a science assessment.

How can you help your child improve his/her KAP score?

  • Encourage your child to do his/her best on the assessment.
  • Talk with the classroom teacher about the ways to develop your child’s critical thinking skills.
  • Ask your child questions that require explanations and can’t be answered with a single word.
  • Establish time for your child to read and provide appropriately challenging reading materials.
  • Solve everyday math problems with your child using everyday materials. Have your child explain the solution to the problem.

ELA: community.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=5838 Math: community.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=5651

Online resources to reinforce skills at home:

  • MobyMax - (Reading & Math) Free online program that assesses your child’s learning needs and adapts the program to fill in learning gaps. www.mobymax.com
  • Khan Academy - (Math) Free online program that allows students to learn and practice math skills. Tutorial videos can help parents understand how to help their child. www.khanacademy.org
  • EMBARC- (Math) Free online supplemental resources aligned with Eureka Math Modules. www.embarc.online
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