Transition Readiness

Published: 9/14/2018 12:55 PM

​The vision of the Kentucky Board of Education is that each and every student is empowered and equipped with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to pursue a successful future. Students moving to the next educational level or graduating from high school should be prepared to succeed in the next stage in their lives.

​Kentucky’s new accountability system supports this vision. One focus of the new accountability system is the development of students who are well-rounded, transition-ready, and prepared with knowledge, skills and essential dispositions to succeed in the next educational setting or career pathway.  Students ready for the next level are transition ready. Transition readiness is just one of seven indicators in the new system that will be included at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

For elementary and middle school levels, a student is considered transition ready if he/she meets a benchmark score that combines student performance on reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing by grades 5 and 8. For high school, transition ready students should be able to enter and succeed in entry level postsecondary courses without remediation or enter the workforce possessing the knowledge and technical skills needed for employment in their desired career field. At high school, a student must earn a high school diploma by meeting/exceeding the Kentucky Minimum High School Graduation Requirements and meeting one type of readiness (Academic or Career). In addition, for English Learners, performance on the English Language proficiency assessment as measured by WIDA ACCESS must be met for any student who received English Language Services during high school.

Students who participate in the alternate assessment program and who are working toward earning an alternative diploma will have criteria for transition readiness based on an alternate assessment requirement and employability skills attainment.

For 2017-18, transition readiness will be used for high school in the identification of Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI).  For academic readiness, that includes the ACT, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge Advanced International (CAI). For career readiness, that includes industry certifications, Career and Technical Education (CTE) End-of-Program Assessment, and apprenticeship. For the 2017-18 school year only, dual credit and verification of exceptional work experience will not be used in identification of CSI/TSI.

Additional information and indicators will be reported to provide a more complete picture of education in Kentucky. Results will be reported in online School Report Cards including disaggregation of individual student group data and the reported-only measures. Individual student reports will be issued to parents/guardians. 

Beginning in 2018-19, an overall 5-star rating will be determined by setting standards for low to high performance on six indicators.

  • Proficiency
  • Separate Academic Indicator
  • Growth
  • Graduation Rate
  • Transition Readiness
  • Achievement Gap Closure
  • Opportunity and Access (anticipated 2019-20)

This page provides information regarding the components of the Transition Readiness Indicator along with any resources that are available.

Elementary/Middle School Transition Readiness Components and Resources

Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies and On-Demand Writing
Contact Information for Elementary/Middle School Transition Readiness
Office of Assessment and Accountability
Division of Assessment Support
(502) 564-4394

Academic Readiness Components and Resources

College Admissions Examination – ACT

Dual Credit Courses

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

International Baccalaureate (IB) Courses

Cambridge Advanced International (CAI) Examinations

Contact Information for Academic Readiness
College Admissions Examination
Division of Assessment Support
(502) 564-4394

Dual Credit and 

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge Advanced 

Damien Sweeney
(502) 892-6639 ext. 4545  

Career Readiness Components and Resources

Industry Certifications

CTE End-of-Program Assessment for Articulation Credit

CTE Dual Credit

KDE/Labor Cabinet-Approved Apprenticeship

KDE – Approved Alternate Process to Verify Exceptional Work Experience (Coming Soon)

Contact Information for Career Readiness
CTE End-of-Program Assessment for Articulation Credit (CTE EOP Assessment)
Sherri Craig
(502) 564-4286

Industry Certifications
Kiley Whitaker
(502) 564-4286

Technical Education Database System (TEDS)
Claude Christian
(502) 564-4286

Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky (TRACK)
Mary Taylor
(502) 564-4286

KDE DAC Information
Office of Standards, Assessment and Accountability
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4394

​Training Materials

Additional parts of Kentucky's Accountability System will be available by the fall of 2018.



Separate Academic Indicator


Graduation Rate

Achievement Gap Closure

Opportunity and Access

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