Administration of the EXPLORE and PLAN assessments, which are provided by ACT, Inc., was mandated by Senate Bill 130 in the 2006 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. The two assessments are designed to help schools focus on meeting academic standards across the entire secondary school program.
The EXPLORE program is a high school readiness examination designed to help eighth graders explore a broad range of options for their future. The exam assesses four subjects (English, mathematics, reading and science) and provides needs assessments and other components to help students plan for high school and beyond. For Frequently Asked Questions and an introductory video by ACT, Inc., check out: http://www.act.org/path/parent/tests/explore.html
The PLAN program helps tenth graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success and provides information needed to address school districts' high-priority issues. The exam assesses four subjects (English, mathematics, reading and science) and is a predictor of success on the ACT. For Frequently Asked Questions and an introductory video supplied by ACT, Inc., check out: http://www.act.org/path/parent/tests/plan.html
Students with disabilities participate in the state-required assessment and accountability programs. Kentucky requires the inclusion of special populations in EXPLORE and PLAN assessments with appropriate accommodations. Scores from all students, including accommodated students, are included in the state level data.
Note: Alternate Assessment Students (students with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities) complete the Transition Attainment Record (TAR) in place of EXPLORE and PLAN.