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I am not sure why, but this article along with others with the the same theme, have stated that CETE has developed the current battery of Kansas state assessments. That is simply not true. WestEd, a San Fransisco based company, wrote all of the current Kansas state assessments, as their website clearly states below.
CETE administers the state assessments but has only created pilot questions that align to the upcoming Common Core state assessments. These pilot questions are no where close to the same structure as the SBAC questions that have been released on SBAC's website.
According to Marianne Perie at CETE, WestEd's contributions for Kansas assessments ended in 2008. CETE took over all of the item development at that point.
She also acknowledged that CETE created some "selected response" items aligned to Common Core standards that were used in the 2013 tests. However, she said CETE is preparing "technology enhanced items" that will be used in the 2014 test that will look much more like those being developed by SBAC. By 2015, she said, CETE will be in a position where it can either deliver the Smarter Balanced test through its KITE system, or provide a similar assessment.
Maybe Matianne could tell us if any new test questions, other than common core pilot questions, have been written since 2008. Since 2008, the tests have looked strikingly similar.
Sure. The items that WestEd developed formed the basis of the last series of assessments. Over the past four years, our team has developed items to replace problematic items and updated items to improve them. We are currently involved in a major effort to develop all new items aligned to the KCCR standards.
You will notice on the WestEd web site that they say they wrote the items, not the tests. Just like some companies build car parts and others put the parts together and build cars, until 2008 WestEd built the parts and CETE built the tests. Since 2008 CETE has also been responsible for writing new items which have been available for formative usage, replacement usage, and interim assessments. More recently CETE has been writing items aligned to the new Kansas College and Career standards to support testing in 2013-14.
Ive got an idea, lets help develop standards with other states & then sandbag the whole operation once these standards are being implemented. Kind of a "taking my ball & going home," kind of attitude that accomplishes nothing.
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