“The Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS) will connect standards, electronically stored instructional resources, curriculum, formative assessments, instruction, professional learning and evaluation of teachers and principals in one place, thereby improving instructional outcomes, teacher effectiveness and leadership.”
--Terry Holliday, Ph.D.
Kentucky Education Commissioner
on the vision for CIITS
The Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System, or CIITS, is a multi-phase, multi-year project designed to provide Kentucky public school educators with the 21st-century resources they need to carry out highly-effective teaching and learning in every classroom in Kentucky. CIITS went live statewide on August 1, 2011.
In CIITS, teachers are able to access Kentucky academic standards and directly linked, aligned, high-quality, multi-media instructional resources. These classroom materials are designed to engage students in learning and reinforce the standards being taught.
CIITS contains a lesson planning tool and scheduler to help teachers manage standards-based instruction in their classrooms. Teachers may also share instructional resources they design through CIITS.
Teachers can create formative assessments based on particular standards with the help of a test item bank containing more than 11,000 items. When these tests are administered online or with a student response system, teachers can see at a glance how individual students are progressing toward mastery on a particular standard or concept. They see where learning gaps exist so that they can more easily design instructional experiences to meet individual student needs and adjust their instruction in support of learning – the hallmarks of formative assessment.
Aggregate and student-level demographic, program and performance information in CIITS allows educators to easily see how students are progressing toward Kentucky’s goal of every student being proficient and prepared for success and graduating college/career-ready. Interim assessment data as well as PLAN, EXPLORE, ACT data is available through CIITS. Summative End-of-Course and state K-PREP test data will be uploaded into the system as it is available. Dynamic Key Performance Indicators are available at a glance and educators may create custom reports or choose from pre-formatted reports to inform their decision-making.
Additional phases of the project call for a module to support teacher and leader effectiveness and professional development. Currently PD 360 and Common Core 360 professional development resources and videos are available to all public school educators in Kentucky through CIITS.
Kentucky educators have access CIITS 24-hours a day, seven days a week, through any Internet-connected computer configured with a modern browser.