Kentucky Testing System Research

Published: 8/5/2014 2:20 PM

​The next-generation learners accountability model is anchored in college and career readiness for all students. Like previous accountability models, it continues annual public reporting of disaggregated student outcome measures in math, reading and science to assess school performance.


However, this more robust next-generation model also includes student achievement growth measures, emphasis on college and career readiness, high school graduation rates, student achievement in writing and social studies, and increased focus on the lowest-performing schools. Additionally, the new accountability model holds all schools and districts accountable for improving student performance and creates four performance classifications that determine consequences and guide interventions and supports. School and district classifications are based on the following measures:

  • Achievement (Content Areas are reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing.)
  • Gap (percentage of proficient and distinguished) for the Non-Duplicated Gap Group for all five content areas
  • Growth in reading and mathematics (percentage of students at typical or higher levels of growth)
  • College Readiness as measured by the percentage of students meeting benchmarks in three content areas on EXPLORE at middle school
  • College/Career-Readiness Rate as measured by ACT benchmarks, college placement tests and career measures
  • Graduation Rate
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The previous Testing System consisted of the Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT), Alternate Assessment, the ACT, PLAN, Explore and the nonacademic components. Schools and districts received the Interim Performance Reports (IPR), which provided detailed information and performance results. Electronic files are available containing the data that appears on the IPR. 

​For improved access, this research data has been moved to an Office of Assessment and Accountability folder on the Kentucky Department of Education FTP site. This folder currently contains a document entitled File Layouts that lists all file types with a brief description of each. Finally, the files are divided into folders by type, NCLB and State Testing Results. To access this ftp site enter into your Browser and click enter.

Note: none of the files currently on the site is password protected, so if/when a login appears, log in as anonymous and you should have no problems opening or downloading files.
  • Statewide Testing Program Research Reports

    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. 

  • Technical Manuals

    ​The purpose of technical manuals is to provide detailed information about test development, scaling, scoring, norming, equating, and validity evidence for a specific assessment.
Rhonda Sims
Office of Assessment and Accountability
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2256
Fax (502) 564-7749