Kentucky Testing System Research

Published: 10/14/2016 1:48 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/Career-Readiness Rate as measured by ACT benchmarks, college placement tests and career measures
  • Graduation Rate
For details, visit Unbridled Learning.
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. Data from 2005-06 through 2010-11 is available through these data sets.


Unbridled Learning began in 2011-12 and contains results from K-PREP, ACT, ACT Explore, ACT Plan, ACT WorkKeys, KOSSA, ASVAB, KYOTE, ACT Compass and more. Data from these assessments are available through data sets in Kentucky's School Report Card.

School and District Report Cards provide information about each school and district, including test performance, teacher qualifications, student safety, awards, parent involvement, and much more.


Links to current and previous data are available on the Research Data page.

  • 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