The unique circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 crisis have affected, or in the future could affect, state-required testing and state, district and school accountability.
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) received approval from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) for our state waiver, which allows Kentucky to bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. At the same time, KDE was approved to be exempted from certain statewide school accountability requirements due to the national emergency. KDE received formal approval from USED concerning our waiver request to be relieved of the federal assessment, accountability and specific reporting requirements for 2019-2020 school year.
KDE is in communication with the USED and other professional organizations who are jointly monitoring and evaluating the situation. If warranted, KDE may adjust schedules or pursue waivers granted by USED as they pertain to assessment and accountability.
All Kentucky public school students participate in annual testing with the results of the assessments entering in the state’s accountability system for schools and districts. The Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) is the annual summative assessment given in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 to Kentucky public school students. K-PREP provides content area assessments, such as reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing at all grade levels or grade bands. Kentucky is in the process of transitioning assessments for paper-based testing to online administrations.
K-PREP is a criterion-referenced test developed specifically to measure the Kentucky Academic Standards. Student performance levels (novice, apprentice, proficient and distinguished) are used to describe how well students perform to Kentucky-specific standards.
Important Dates for Spring 2020-2021 Testing
2020-2021 Kentucky Academic Standards
Please visit KYstandards.org to find the adopted Kentucky Academic Standards for reading, mathematics, science, social studies, editing and mechanics, and writing.
KAS 2018-2019 Standards
Item Review Resources
- Reading Item Review
- Mathematics Item Review
- Writing Item Review
Performance Level Descriptors
K-PREP Math Reference Sheets
Short Answer Response Space
Extended Response Answer Space
On-Demand Writing (ODW) Rubrics and Writer's Reference Sheets
KAS Writer's Reference Sheets
- Chart Format
- TestNav Online Format
KDE DAC Information
Office of Assessment and Accountability
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601