Published: 7/31/2015 3:20 PM

​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.
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
Grade 11
Window: March
ACT Explore
Grade 8
Window: Last two full weeks in September
ACT Plan
Grade 10
Window: Last two full weeks in September
ACT QualityCore
Tested upon completion of high school credit for Algebra II, Biology, English 10 and U.S. History.
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

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

​2015-16 ​TEST WINDOWS

EXPLORE (grade 8) and PLAN (grade 10) has been removed.
END-OF-COURSE: Districts or schools may choose 10 consecutive days within each window to administer end-of-course assessments.
  1. Aug. 3–28, 2015 (CBT only)
  2. Oct. 1–Dec. 18, 2015
  3. Jan. 4-July 15, 2016


English Language Proficiency Testing (ACCESS for ELLs):
Jan. 4 – Feb. 12, 2016 for English Learners.
(grade 11) 2016
March 1 - ACT Administration
March 15 - ACT Administration Make-up Day
March 1 - 15 - 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. 2-Dec. 11, 2015
Window 2: Apr. 18-May 27, 2016
Transition Attainment Record (TAR) Window
Sep. 14, 2015-May 27, 2016

The Kentucky Department of Education each year sets a series of dates during which we ask our own staff and other organizations to avoid being in schools and scheduling events for teachers and administrators. The dates are selected because they are extremely busy times for schools and districts. Please make every attempt to avoid being in schools and scheduling conferences and meetings during August 2016 (beginning of school year), during the end of the school year and other busy times at the schools. 

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