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.
Senate Bill 1 (2017) calls for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to implement a state assessment and accountability system created under KRS 158.6453, and to establish a consistent structure of test components, grade-level testing distribution and test administration procedures. That state-required assessment is named the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) test.
NCS Pearson was awarded the contract to provide all assessments for grades 3-8, 10 and 11. NCS Pearson currently provides large-scale assessment services in more than 25 states and for the U.S. Education Department.
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.
KDE Calculator Policy
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. Both operational and field testing will occur in 2019-2020.
Important Dates for Spring 2020 Testing
2019-2020 K-PREP Blueprint
2020 K-PREP Testing Item Formats and Times
Reference Standards for 2019-2020
This is not the adopted Kentucky Academic Standards for 2019-2020. The Social Studies document provided is for reference for the spring 2020 operational K-PREP assessment only. Please visit KYstandards.org to find the adopted Kentucky Academic Standards.
KAS 2018-2019 Standards
Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) KAS 2018-2019 standards are available upon request.
October 2019 Item Review Trainings conducted by Pearson
PERFORMANCE LEVEL DESCRIPTORS
K-PREP REFERENCE SHEETS
Short Answer Response Space
Extended Response Answer Space
Rubrics and Writer's Reference Sheets for Spring 2021
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