INSPECT Assessments 16-17

Each year, a new set of prebuilt Inspect® Assessments are provided to Illuminate. This document was last updated September 21, 2016 and will continue to be revised until all Key Data Systems assessments have been received, reviewed, and loaded.

Some of the assessments listed below are created using Standard Schedules. The Standard Schedules and accompanying assessments are created as a starting point for common assessment development.  They are meant to be revised, edited, renamed, tagged and shared to meet the unique goals of your organization.  By default, these assessments are loaded to your TestAdmin user account to await revision and sharing.

Find Standard Schedules by clicking here.

NOTE: If you need assistance with finding the assessments listed below, developing data analysis practices, designing your own assessments, or updating standards schedules to match your pacing feel free to contact your Implementation Manager. Email iPD@illuminateed.com or visit the Professional Development section of our website to learn about additional Comprehensive Assessment System design and Data Analysis services we also provide.

College & Career Readiness Assessments

All Key Data System Inspect® assessments support SBAC, PARCC, and individual state standards. Items within the assessments may vary based on the item requirements provided SBAC, PARCC, or state blueprints. The appropriate assessments are shared to a district account (TestAdmin) for your System Administrators to access.

NOTE: Items on district or common assessments can be locked within the Itembank by your Illuminate System Administrator(s) so that questions are not accidentally used for formative or other assessments.

What's Available?

There are four main types of assessments available: Comprehensive, Interim Formative Assessments (IFAs), Checkpoints, and Performance Tasks.

Both the Interim Formative and Comprehensive Inspect Common Core assessment types contain items aligned with Webb's Depth of Knowledge, Bloom's Taxonomy, SBAC Claims & Targets, as well as the Common Core standards. This year the Comprehensive and Interim Formative Assessments are designed specifically for online only administration and are noted as such in their title. Key Data Systems will also be creating paper-only test versions with a more limited item type variety and less alignment to the state blueprints (due to paper-based administration).

The item types featured within the assessments may include:

  • Multiple choice – traditional 4 options, 1 correct answer

  • Non-traditional selected response – items requiring students to solve for each option
  • Constructed response – open-ended items with rubrics provided for teacher scoring

  • Explicit constructed response – open-ended items with a single or small range of correct answers that are automatically scored

  • Math equation response - open-ended items with a single or small range of correct answers that require students to use an equation editor, automatically scored

  • Evidence-based selected response – two part multiple choice items that require students to provide evidence for the correct answer

  • Technology-enhanced – items that require students to utilize a number of technology features to answer questions (drag and drop, selectable text, graphing, etc.)


Assessment Types

Each of the assessment types are described in detail in the sections below.

Interim Formative Assessments (IFAs)

Interim Formative Assessments (IFAs)

Navigation: Assessments tab > List Assessments > Search (any of the following key words) - KDS, Grade, orange/green/pink, interim, course/subject (Algebra, ELA, Math)

Naming Protocol:

KDS Grade # Subject Interim Color 2016-2017 Media Type SBAC/PARCC

For example: "KDS Grade 5 Math Interim Orange 2016-2017 Online Only SBAC"


Description: Key Data Systems has designed a set of pre-built Interim Formative Assessments (IFAs) that can be modified by the Illuminate System Administrator (or TestAdmin User) to meet specific needs. IFAs have been built for grades K-11 for English language arts, and grades K-8 for math, as well as high school math for both integrated and end-of-course pathways.

Each IFA is named by color to represent the approximae time of year the assessments should be given.  To go along with the IFAs, we have also built a set of color-coded base standard schedules to note which standards are tested during which administration (see link at the top of this document).

These standard schedules are intended to be revised along with the assessments to fit each organization’s specific scope and sequence (link to download at the top of this document). We recommend using the KDS Summative Assessments as a cumulative assessment for the year.

  • Orange Interim Formative Assessment: Administered early October

  • Green Interim Formative Assessment: Administered early December (no Green for K-2)

  • Pink Interim Formative Assessment: Administered early February (may be sooner for K-2)

  • Blue Interim Formative Assessment: Administered before the end of the school year (offered for grades K-2 to provide an end-of-year assessment)

These assessments:

  • Are aligned to pre-built instructional standards schedules developed with input from numerous school districts.

  • Are customizable to match each district’s specific needs.

  • Three assessments available at most grade levels to allow for year-round progress monitoring

  • Can be duplicated and edited.

  • Can have titles changed (i.e. YOUR DISTRICT NAME/ACRONYM  Grade 1 ELA Interim Orange 2016-2017).

  • Can be revised to match your district pacing and technology needs.

  • Can be modified to enable question groups that you wish to report the results on.

  • Include questions groups in reporting such as Depth of Knowledge, Claims, Revised Bloom's Taxonomy, and Item Type.

  • Are NOT designed for paper-based administration and are NOT suitable for use with answer sheet documents.  


Grade Levels: Available in grades K-11 for ELA and K-8 for math, as well as for high school math (Algebra II, Geometry, Algebra II) and integrated/end-of-course pathways (Math I, Math II, Math III)

See Full Assessment List

INSPECT® Checkpoints

Navigation: Assessments tab > List Assessments > Search - Checkpoint

Sample Naming Protocol:

  • KDS Checkpoint Grade # Strand/Cluster: Skill 2016-2017 SBAC/PARCC
  • For example: KDS Checkpoint Grade 4 Place Value: Operations Multi-Digit Arithmetic 2017-2017


Description: The Inspect® Checkpoint Assessments are intended to be used formatively to target instruction and learning. Each Checkpoint Assessment consists of 6-8 questions focusing on a small number of standards to allow for a quick check and analysis of student learning.  For English language arts, Checkpoint Assessments are offered for reading informational, reading literature, and the most emphasized writing clusters for grades 3-8.  For mathematics, Checkpoint Assessments are offered for major clusters for grades 3-8.

Grade Levels: Available for grades 3-8 in ELA and Math for SBAC and PARCC states

See Full Assessment List

Comprehensive Assessments

Navigation: Assessments tab > List Assessments > Search - Comprehensive

Sample Naming Protocol:

  • KDS Grade # Subject Comprehensive Assessment 2016-2017

  • For example: “KDS Grade 3 ELA Comprehensive Assessment 2016-2017”


Description: In order to measure student progress with your state standards, the Comprehensive Assessments were created as part of our library of pre-built assessments. The Inspect Comprehensive Assessments are modeled after the blueprints released by a high-stakes testing consortiums and individual states and feature various innovative item types.  Comprehensive assessments are available for grades 3-11 for English language arts, and grades 3-8 and high school for mathematics with support for both integrated and end-of-course pathways.  

Grade Levels: Available for grades 3-11 for ELA and 3-8 for Math. High School Math Comprehensive are course specific (Grade 11 is to support Algebra II).

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SBAC Performance Tasks

Online performance tasks are not yet available. See all paper-based performance tasks here.

Placement Tests

Navigation: Assessments tab > List Assessments > Click clear and search buttons > Search- Acceleration

Description: In order to help determine which students should be included in accelerated, middle school math, Key Data Systems has created a Middle School Math Acceleration Placement Test. This test is for advanced 6th grade students looking to be challenged in an accelerated, middle school math pathway, which would allow them to complete Algebra I by the end of 8th grade. Giving this test to students at the end of grade 6 will help to determine which students are ready for an accelerated pathway.

Key Data Systems recommends that students who score 2650 or above be considered for an accelerated pathway. The accelerated course should not omit content (e.g., acceleration should not occur by skipping an entire grade level of content). This is recommended for accelerated pathways beginning in grade 7, in which students would complete the content of 7th grade, 8th grade, and the High School Algebra I course or the High School Math I course in grades 7 (Compacted 7th Grade) and 8 (8th Grade Algebra I). This will enable students to reach Calculus or other college level courses by their senior year.

Grade Levels: Available for grade 6


Assessment List:

  • KDS Middle School Math Acceleration Test 2016-2017 SBAC

Performance Bands

All assessments are defaulted to use your District Default performance band. Some districts will be trying out a new set of performance bands to try to better align with SBA cut points. If you would like to try creating and using these performance bands in your district, please review the table provided by Key Data Systems for the 16-17 school year:

The names of the performance bands have been adjusted to match California state testing reports.

We recommend that districts look at the standards assessed on the KDS base assessments and make any changes, based on their own pacing.  The assessments are based on KDS “base” standards schedules, which may not match a district's pacing.  We strongly recommend against simply using the assessments, as is, unless the base standards schedules match your pacing.

Learn more about this information from Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Achievement Level Setting process.

Next Steps

Need to start reviewing and editing your Interim assessments? Check out Video: Review, Edit, and Share KDS Assessments.