Assessments

Published: 10/17/2014 11:00 AM

​Beginning in 1990, Kentucky chose to have an all-inclusive assessment and accountability system by having all Kentucky public school students participate in annual testing with the results of those assessments included in the state’s accountability system for schools and districts.

​Kentucky tests students on various subjects beginning in grade 3. See a list of the mandatory tests at each grade level, as well as the tests which are administered to select students. On average, administering Kentucky’s state-level assessments take less than one percent (1%) of the total instructional time in a given school year. For a breakdown of time spent testing at each grade level, click here.

The Kentucky Alternate Assessment Program was developed for students with moderate to significant cognitive disabilities (less than 1% of the total student population) for whom traditional assessments would be an inappropriate measure of progress. The Alternate Assessment Program mirrors the other state assessments.

 

Information on each state assessment, required or optional, is available through the links below and on the navigation panel on the left-hand side of the page.
 
K-PREP
Required
Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress
Grades 3-8, 10, 11
Subjects: Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Writing
Window: During last 14 instructional days of the school’s calendar
 
ACT
Required
Grade 11
Window: March
 
ACT Explore
Required
Grade 8
Window: Last two full weeks in September
 
ACT Plan
Required
Grade 10
Window: Last two full weeks in September
 
End-Of-Course
ACT QualityCore
Required
Tested upon completion of high school credit for Algebra II, Biology, English 10 and U.S. History.
 
ACCESS for ELLs
Required
Language Proficiency assessment for students who are English Learners (EL)
Window: January 1 – Mid-February
 
 
College/Career Readiness
These tests are optional for the state accountability system, but students on a career pathway may be required to participate in one or more of these assessments due to local policy.
 
College Readiness
ACT Compass
KYOTE

Meet benchmarks set by the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) to demonstrate college readiness.
 
Career Readiness
ACT WorkKeys
KOSSA
ASVAB
Industry Certificates
 
See individual assessments for criteria to determine career readiness.
 

​2014-15 ​TEST WINDOWS

  
FALL TESTING: Sept. 15 - 26, 2014
EXPLORE (grade 8) and PLAN (grade 10)
 
END-OF-COURSE: Districts or schools may choose 10 consecutive days within each window to administer end-of-course assessments.
  1. Aug. 1–Sept. 12, 2014
  2. Sept. 29–Nov. 14, 2014
  3. Dec. 1, 2014–Jan. 16, 2015
  4. Feb. 2–March 13, 2015
  5. March 30–June 12, 2015
  6. June 15–July 17, 2015
 
English Language Proficiency Testing (ACCESS for ELLs): Jan. 1 - Feb. 13, 2015 for English Learners.
 
ACT STATE TESTING SCHEDULE:
(grade 11) 2015
March 3 - ACT Administration
March 17 - ACT Administration Make-up Day
March 3 - 17 - ACT Administration window for students with accommodations
 
 
 
SPRING TESTING: K-PREP: Last 14 Instructional Days of District Calendar for grades 3-8, 10 and 11
(The Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress [K-PREP] is a combined CRT and NRT assessment with Reading and Mathematics based upon Common Core Standards.)
 
 

Alternate K-PREP:

 
Attainment Tasks (AT)
Window 1: Nov. 3-Dec. 12, 2014
Window 2: Apr. 20-May 29, 2015
 
Transition Attainment Record (TAR) Window
Sep. 15, 2014-May 29, 2015

KDE DAC Information
Office of Assessment and Accountability
500 Mero Street, 17th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4394