Interim assessment is a means by which teachers can gauge their students’ learning progress by administering formal tests periodically throughout the school year.
Along with summative assessments and properly implemented formative assessment processes, interim assessments constitute an integral part of a robust assessment system. Well-implemented interim assessment helps ensure that students and teachers remain engaged in a feedback loop that not only measures students’ success in mastering material but also actively promotes ever-increasing student achievement.
Interim assessment resources are available to Kansas educators through Educator Portal. Teachers may construct interim tests for administration through KITE® Client by combining readymade mini-tests available for a variety of topics in English language arts and math. The mini-tests feature content derived from the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards and an assortment of item types that students may encounter on summative assessments. Teachers may preview the items and passages on each mini-test to ensure correlation with recent instruction.
Given adequate engagement from the field this school year with the interim resources currently available, additional predictive tools will be added to the interim assessment system beginning in the 2017–18 school year. These tools will allow teachers to predict individual students’ summative performance based on those individual students’ performance on interim tests throughout the year.