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Accountability

Postsecondary Readiness

Published: 8/25/2022 2:57 PM

​Postsecondary Readiness is the attainment of the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions for a student to successfully transition to the next level of his or her educational career. All students with a G-code in Infinite Campus (IC) and grade 12 non-graduates are included in postsecondary readiness and are accountable based on the 100-day rule.

The Postsecondary Readiness Indicator is one of six state indicators included in Kentucky's Accountability System. To demonstrate postsecondary readiness, high school students must earn a regular or alternative high school diploma or be classified as a grade 12 non-graduate AND meet one type of readiness (Academic or Career).

Senate Bill 59 (2022) requires that postsecondary readiness for each high school student, be measured by ONE of the following indicators that are intended to signal a student's readiness for the next step in their postsecondary plans, whether that be pursuit of college coursework and/or entry into the workforce:

  • Meeting or exceeding a college readiness benchmark score on the college admissions examination or a college placement examination approved by the CPE;

  • Achieving 3 hours of college credit or postsecondary articulated credit by completing a course approved by the KBE;

  • Achieving a benchmark score on an AP, IB, CAI, or other nationally recognized exam approved by the KBE that generally qualifies the student for 3 or more hours of college credit;

  • *Completing a required number of hours or achieving a benchmark within an apprenticeship, cooperative, or internship that is aligned with a credential or associate degree and approved by the KBE after receiving input from the LSAC; or

  • Achieving any industry-recognized certifications, licensures, or credentials, with more weight in accountability for industry-recognized certifications, licensures, or credentials identified as high demand. ​

*Currently under development and will become a measure in accountability once a number of hours are approved.

​Academic Readiness 

Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) Benchmarks on College Admissions or College Placement Exams

Assessments approved by the CPE and their corresponding benchmarks can be found here.​

KDE-Approved Dual Credit

Pursuant to KRS 164.002, dual credit is defined as “a college-level course of study developed in accordance with KRS 164.098 in which a high school student receives credit from both the high school and postsecondary institution in which the student is enrolled upon completion of a single class or designated program of study". Eligible dual credit courses for “academic readiness" are approved annually by the KDE. Students must complete one (1) of the approved dual credit courses with a letter grade of “C" or higher in order to meet this indicator.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement or "AP" means a college-level course that incorporates all topics and instructional strategies specified by the College Board on its standard syllabus for a given subject area and is licensed by the College Board. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) coursework may take the corresponding AP assessments. Those who earn a score of “3" or higher on at one (1) approved AP exam are considered “academic ready".

International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate or "IB" means the International Baccalaureate Organization's Diploma Programme, a comprehensive two (2) year program designed for highly motivated students. Students must earn a score of “5+" on one (1) approved IB exam.

Cambridge Advanced International (CAI)

The Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education Diploma program is an international pre-university curriculum and examination system offered by Cambridge International Examinations at the University of Cambridge. Students must earn a score of “e" or higher on one (1) approved Cambridge exam.


Career Readiness 

Industry Certification

KRS 158.6455 establishes a process by which valid industry certifications, licensures and credentials (link coming soon) shall be approved and utilized for statewide accountability pertaining to postsecondary readiness. Each year, the valid list is reviewed and approved by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB), in collaboration with local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and the KDE. ​

Career and Technical Education (CTE) End-of-Program Assessments (for articulated credit)

The CTE End-of-Program Assessments have been state-developed since 1999 and are based upon standards identified by Kentucky employers, aligned with CTE career pathways and associated with statewide articulation agreements with a variety of postsecondary institutions. These assessments measure foundational academic, technical and employability skills and are taken by eligible students to measure the knowledge, skills and competencies attained through their career pathway coursework.

KDE-Approved Dual Credit

Pursuant to KRS 164.002, dual credit is defined as “a college-level course of study developed in accordance with KRS 164.098 in which a high school student receives credit from both the high school and postsecondary institution in which the student is enrolled upon completion of a single class or designated program of study". Eligible dual credit courses aligned to CTE career pathways for “career readiness" are approved annually by KDE. Students must complete one (1) of the approved CTE dual credit courses with a letter grade of “C" or higher in order to meet this indicator.

Apprenticeship Programs

The KDE's Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky (TRACK) youth/pre-apprenticeship program, regulated by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) and the Kentucky Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development, is nationally recognized as a best practice youth apprenticeship model. The program affords CTE students with career pathway opportunities that are aligned to Registered Apprenticeship programs.


Alternate Assessment Options 

Students participating in the alternate assessment program shall meet criteria based on academic or career alternate assessment requirements. ​​


​Postsecondary Readiness Indicator Information

Postsecondary Readiness Indicator Chart (Coming Soon) ​​​

Postsecondary Readiness Overview

Postsecondary Readiness Contacts  

Academic Readiness  

College Admissions Examination - The ACT

Office of Assessment & Accountability 

Shara Savage (502) 564-4394  

College Placement Examination - KYOTE  

Steve Newman (859) 572-5332   ​

Paul Eakin (859) 257-6798 

Dual Credit (DC), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge Advanced International (CAI)  

Office of Career & Technical Education 

Scott U’Sellis (502) 564-4286  

Career Readiness  

Industry Certifications, Career & Technical Education Dual Credit  

Office of Career & Technical Education 

Scott U’Sellis  (502) 564-4286  

CTE End-of-Program Assessment for Articulation Credit (CTE End-of-Program Assessment)  

Office of Career & Technical Education  

Sherri Craig  (502) 564-4286  

KDE/Labor Cabinet Approved Apprenticeship (Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky-TRACK)  

Office of Career & Technical Education 

Mary Taylor  (502) 564-4286  

Technical Education Database System (TEDS)  

Office of Career & Technical Education  
Claude Christian (502) 564-4286 

Academic or Career Readiness for Students in the Alternate Assessment Program 

Office of Assessment & Accountability 

Jason Howard (502) 564-4394 

Office of Special Education & Early Learning 

Allison Johnson (502)564-4970 

Office of Career & Technical Education  

Sherri Craig  (502) 564-4286  




Rhonda Sims
Office of Assessment and Accountability
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2256 Ext 4751
Fax (502) 564-7749



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