As mandated by KRS 158.6453
, all of Kentucky’s public school students participate in an assessment program that includes a high school readiness examination in grade eight (8), a college readiness examination in grade ten (10) and a college admissions examination to be taken by all students in grade eleven (11).
To meet those requirements, Kentucky public school juniors are assessed through the ACT, which assesses English, reading, mathematics and science and is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. The cost of the exam is paid for with state funds.
Prior to the 2015-16 school year, the state assessed public school grade 8 students using the ACT Explore test and public school grade 10 students with the ACT Plan test until those assessments were discontinued by ACT. There is currently no replacement for the ACT Explore and ACT Plan tests. Any replacements will be purchased through Kentucky’s procurement process.