Assessment and Training

Published: 1/15/2014 3:53 PM

The Office of Assessment and Accountability (OAA) supports the work of districts and schools in implementing the Kentucky School Testing System. The Division of Support and Research supplies up-to-date information on regulations, policies and procedures, important assessment dates, manuals and forms, and information for districts and schools on the application of testing data and research to improve instruction.

Current Happenings


SDRR Will Open for Explore/Plan Data Review in January

More details soon


Public Hearing for Revised Regulations Set

A public hearing for the revised Inclusion of Special Populations (703 KAR 5:070) and Administration Code (703 KAR 5:080) regulations has been set for January 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET in the State Board Room of the Capital Plaza Tower. Comments from the public may be made in person the day of the hearing or in written form through January 31. Those wishing to speak at the hearing need to notify the agency in advance of the intent to speak. Written comments are to be directed to KDE’s general counsel. Directions for appearing in person, submitting written comments and the regulations (with revisions) can be found on KDE’s website

The regulations will not have an impact on schools until the 2014-15 school year.




Training Sessions

  • DAC Training PowerPoints and recorded sessions are available on the Meetings and Trainings page.
  • COMPASS Training Update and Training Series are available here. Look for new sessions in late July.
  • ACT

    ​The ACT program is a comprehensive system for collecting and reporting information about students planning to enter postsecondary education.

  • ACT Explore

    ​The ACT Explore program is a curriculum-based assessment program designed to help 8th grade students gain an understanding of their academic development in terms of preparation for college, make the most of their opportunities in high school and beyond, and guide them as they start thinking about future educational and career planning.

  • ACT Plan

    The ACT Plan program helps 10th grade students build a solid foundation for future academic and career success and provides information needed to address school districts' high-priority issues. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years.
  • Allegation Reporting

    ​A violation of 703 KAR 5:080, Administration Code for Kentucky's Assessment Program, or 703 KAR 5070, Inclusion of Special Populations in the State Required Assessment and Accountability Program results in a testing allegation. The link below is intended for District Assessment Coordinators to report allegations of inappropriate testing practices. Passwords are required to access the Web application and can be obtained by contacting your District Web Application Administrator.

  • Assessment Regulations Training

    The Commonwealth of Kentucky has several regulations which govern the administration of Kentucky's Assessment and Accountability Program. These regulations are supplemented with guides and manuals specific to each assessment.
  • Communications

    The Division of Support and Research is charged with supporting the efforts of the District Assessment Coordinators (DACs) and school level personnel as they implement Kentucky’s new assessment and accountability system, Unbridled Learning: College/Career-Ready for All.


    COMPASS is an untimed, computer-adaptive college placement test given at Kentucky high schools to grade 12 students that have not met the Council on Postsecondary Education's (CPE) benchmarks on the ACT.

  • DAC Meetings

    ​Meetings are held throughout the state of Kentucky each February to inform District Assessment Coordinators (DACs) of upcoming assessments, rosters, data reviews and changes to the Assessment and Accountability System.

  • Data Release Resources

    To foster understanding of the new Unbridled Learning Assessment and Accountability system, the Office of Assessment and Accountability has pulled together resources in one place needed by districts and schools.
  • End-of-Course

    ​Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), enacted in the 2009 Kentucky General Assembly, requires a new public school assessment program beginning in the 2011-12 school year. The legislation allowed, with approval by the Kentucky Board of Education, an end-of-course (EOC) assessment program at the high school level.

  • Forms

    The Division of Support and Research has created a number of forms that can be downloaded for use by schools and districts in implementing the state's Assessment and Accountability Program.
  • K-PREP

    ​Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), enacted in the 2009 Kentucky General Assembly, required a new public school assessment program beginning in the 2011-12 school year. These assessments were collectively named the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests.

    ​The Kentucky Online Testing (KYOTE) placement testing system provides free online placement exams that measure preparedness for college level learning in mathematics, reading and writing.
  • Meetings and Trainings

    ​The Division of Assessment Implementation provides opportunities for District Assessment Coordinators (DACs), Building Assessment Coordinators (BACs), Directors of Special Education (DoSEs), Professional Development Coordinators and other interested individuals to receive information and practice with score interpretation, data analysis, test administration and the regulations governing Kentucky's Assessment and Accountability Program.  

  • School Report Card

    ​Each year, Kentucky schools publish School Report Cards (SRC) and post them on the Kentucky Department of Education Website. Not to be confused with student report cards, 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. The school and district report cards were established by statute, KRS 158.6453 (20), and regulation, 703 KAR 5:140. Additionally, the report card must incorporate the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind ACT (NCLB).

  • Student Data Review and Roster Application

    ​The Student Data Review and Roster (SDRR) application is used for all state assessment rosters and for data review/cleanup of assessment results.


FALL TESTING: Sept. 16 - 27, 2013
EXPLORE (grade 8) and PLAN (grade 10)
END-OF-COURSE: Districts or schools may choose 10 consecutive days within each window to administer end-of-course assessments.
  1. Aug. 1-Sept. 13, 2013
  2. Oct. 1-Nov. 15, 2013
  3. Dec. 2, 2013-Jan.17, 2014
  4. Feb. 3-March 14, 2014
  5. April 1-June 13, 2014
  6. June 16-July 15, 2014
English Language Proficiency Testing (ACCESS for ELLs): Jan. 1 - Feb. 14, 2014 for English Learners
(grade 11)
March 4 - ACT Administration
March 18 - ACT Administration Make-up Day
March 4 - 18 - ACT Administration window for students with accommodations
SPRING TESTING: K-PREP: Last 14 Instructional Days of District Calendar for grades 3-8, 10 and 11
(The Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress [K-PREP] is a combined CRT and NRT assessment with Reading and Mathematics based upon Common Core Standards.)
Alternate K-PREP:
Attainment Tasks (AT)
Window 1: Nov. 4-Dec. 13, 2013
Window 2: April 14-May 23, 2014
Transition Attainment Record (TAR) Window
Sept. 16, 2013 - May 23, 2014

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