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Update on KITE: Testing can resume

Posted: Apr 4, 2016
Author: Ann Bush

Update on KITE: Testing can resume

The Kansas State Department of Education wants to thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we worked through the disruptions to testing.

We know that three out of five testing days were affected last week, and we know that has a huge impact on schools. However, the University of Kansas was able to fix a major fiber cable bundle cut in record time, and KSDE is grateful for KU’s support and assistance in getting us back on track. Repairs are continuing on the main cable, but these will be done outside of school hours and will have no effect on testing.

The Kansas Interactive Testing Engine (KITE) team worked throughout the weekend to run diagnostics and make adjustments to the system, which they feel will help ensure a strong testing environment. The KITE system has full bandwidth and no residual problems from the cut cable at this time. 

We are giving you the go ahead to resume testing based on the work that has been done this weekend and the repair to the main cable.  However, please note the following conditions:

·       Running extracts must be done before school or after school hours. The extracts demand a high pull on the Educator Portal and the system, so please don’t run any extracts during the school day. Any extracts run during the day will be put in a queuing system, and you will receive a notification telling you when it will be run.

·       The time-out feature is still inactive. No student will need to be reactivated due to inactivity. We will restore that feature later this week, but for at least Monday and Tuesday, students can continue to log on using their username and password. Student will then enter their daily access code for the stage that was interrupted and can get right back into their test.

·       The end of the Kansas Summative testing window is May 12.

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