COVID-19 Resources for Assessment and Accountability

Published: 1/31/2023 1:34 PM

In response to lingering issues with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Assessment and Accountability (OAA) will provide updates and guidance on any changes in policy regarding assessment and accountability. ​

2022-2023 School Year 

Although there are many unknowns for the upcoming school year, the safety of school and district staff, students and their families continues to be KDE's primary concern. 

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) requires states to administer federally required testing and implement school accountability for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Therefore, the KDE's Office of Assessment and Accountability (OAA) is planning and preparing for the in-person administration of the Kentucky Summative Assessment (KSA) and other state assessments. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, an important reason for administering state assessments is to continue to understand the pandemic's impact on student learning and to prevent disruption of opportunities for students.

2022-2023 State Testing Plan 

Content Areas: 

Reading and Mathematics: grades 3-8, 10 

Science: grades 4, 7, 11 

Social Studies: grades 5, 8 and 11. 

On-Demand Writing and Editing and Mechanics: grades 5, 8, 11 

College Admissions Exam: grade 11, (grade 12 opportunity) 

English Proficiency Exam (English Learners Only): grades K-12 

All testing staff should follow requirements outlines by state guidance and the most current health guidelines at the time of testing.

2021-2022 School Year

Although many districts continued to respond to a variety of challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 issues, the majority of the state's students participated in state testing during spring 2022.  

COVID-19 Guidance 

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Students working on computers at Jennings Creek Elementary

Parent and Educator Resources


The MyACT is available for students and parents for no fee. MyACT includes videos, lessons, games, and activities for students in K-12. Students can also complete non-test activities, update their demographics, receive ACT notifications, access information to prepare for the ACT exam, and most importantly, access test scores.

ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs

These resources are designed to help parents of English language learners better understand the ACCESS for ELLs assessments and Individual Score Reports. These resources are available in several languages.


Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Handouts and Guides for Parents

Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment (AKSA)

The following links are direct resources representing students participating in the Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment. These links provide information about student placement, as well as both instructional and assessment resources.

Kindergarten Readiness

The following links provide information, resources and activities around early childhood development and kindergarten readiness.

The Kentucky Summative Assessment is an annual assessment given in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 to Kentucky public school students. Kentucky summative assessments are administered online for most students. Online practice tests  are available to help students become familiar with the testing platform. 

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is also known as "The Nation's Report Card." NAEP has various tools and an item bank available to the public through the KDE NAEP page which contains links to reports and the NAEP Questions Tool (NQT).

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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