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.
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.
Students 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
Reading and Mathematics: grades 3-8, 10
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.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following guidance was provided from USED and the KDE.
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