Published: 6/14/2016 3:19 PM

Compass was an untimed, computer-adaptive college placement test given at Kentucky high schools to grade 12 students that had not met the Council on Postsecondary Education's (CPE) benchmarks on the ACT. The ACT Compass assessment has been sunsetted by the vendor and will not longer be used by KDE.

Meeting the benchmarks on this assessment benefits
  • Students and Parents by allowing placement into college credit-bearing courses
  • Schools by improving the College and/or Career Readiness Rate
  • Postsecondary institutions by reducing the need for remedial classes.
Prior to administering the COMPASS assessment, all proctors must have completed a COMPASS training session offered by the Kentucky Department of Education.

Compass Update Training 2015-16

A COMPASS Update Training is available for previously trained staff. Important policies, the future of Compass and other administrative tasks were reviewed. This session is approximately 30 minutes long.
This series of voice-over PowerPoints covers several topics, including how to administer the COMPASS assessment to students and how to create reports. Below is the training series and documentation for 2015-16.
The course is designed to be viewed in this order:
  1. Introduction to COMPASS On Demand Training Series
  2. Administering COMPASS On Demand Training
  3. Creating Reports
  4. COMPASS Correcting Student Information
  5. COMPASS Additional Resources
For new staff, OAA suggests beginning with the Introduction and continuing through each section. Those already trained may begin with any topic; the most popular being reports.
Pamela Powers
Office of Assessment and Accountability
Division of Assessment Support
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4394
Fax (502) 564-7749