The Department of Education conducts ongoing research on Kentucky’s statewide testing programs. Activities include establishing the validity of the assessment and accountability program. Studies include consistency of student results across multiple measures, the congruence of school scores with documented improvements in instructional practice and the school learning environment, and the potential for all scores to yield fair, consistent, and accurate student performance level and school accountability decisions. The studies involve third-party checking of the Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT), the previous statewide test; the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP), the current statewide test; ACT QualityCore® end-of course assessments; Program Review; and writing assessments. The research studies may include comparisons to national administered assessments (e.g. NAEP) and other studies recommended by other Kentucky agencies and the Legislative Research Commission.
These third-party research documents below provide much of the evidence needed to assess the validity of the components of the statewide testing program and other requested research on statewide testing.