Pursuant to Senate Bill 1, 2021 Extraordinary Session, districts are required to submit their current COVID-19 School Operations Plan and any subsequent drafts to KDE for informational purposes.
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COVID-19 Resources for Assessment and Accountability

Published: 2/11/2022 3:51 PM

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

2021-2022 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 Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) anticipates the U.S. Department of Education (USED) to require states to administer federally required testing and implement school accountability for the 2021-2022 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 crisis, 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.


Stud​ents and families utilize state test results in multiple ways. On the ELP exams, English Learners can demonstrate their command of the English language in order to exit or enter the English Learner Program. Early Graduates can exhibit performance on the end-of-course and ACT assessments that allows them to leave high school early and proceed to the next stage in their lives. High school students can demonstrate levels on the ACT or career and technical exams that may lead to acceptance in college, apprenticeships or other advanced opportunities. Without the administration of state assessments, these opportunities could be lost. 

2021-2022 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 

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

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

2020-2021 Resources 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following guidance was provided from USED and the KDE.


September 3, 2020 

January 18, 2021 

February 1, 2021 

February 15, 2021 

February 22, 2021 

March 8, 2021 

 April 22, 2021 

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

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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