The Skill Standards Assessment System was initially adopted as a performance indicator for Perkins Act Accountability. Technical Skill Proficiency is measured by the percentage of secondary students who receive a Skill Standards Certificate. More recently, KOSSA was identified as a component of the Kentucky Unbridled Learning Accountability System as a measure of career readiness for senior preparatory students.
Kentucky has in place Skill Standards and Assessments in the areas of agriculture, business and marketing, health science, human services, information technology, communications, construction, transportation, technology and engineering, and manufacturing. All high schools and technical centers are required to integrate these standards into their instructional programs.