Kentucky Testing System

Published: 6/27/2014 11:44 AM
​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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  • Advisory Groups

    ​With the passage of Senate Bill 1 in the 2009 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, the Commonwealth of Kentucky is poised at the beginning of a new era in public school assessment and accountability. Senate Bill 1 addresses many areas – what will be tested, how subjects will be tested, when tests are given, what should comprise the public school accountability system and more. This effort includes four advisory groups charged with helping the   Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) build a better assessment and accountability system.  The groups are comprised of educators and citizens, legislators, testing and measurement experts and legislative staff.

    ​The Governor appoints members to the School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council (SCAAC). The committee's existence was mandated by KRS 158.6452 and advises the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) on the design of the testing and accountability system and the highly skilled educator program.

  • 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.  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.  

  • 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
Division of Support and Research
500 Mero Street, 17th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4394
Fax (502) 564-7749