Published: 3/21/2018 2:12 PM
​Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), enacted in the 2009 Kentucky General Assembly, required a new public school assessment program beginning in the 2011-12 school year. These assessments were collectively named the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests.​

​The assessment for grades 3-8 is a criterion-referenced test (CRT) items which consist of multiple-choice (mc), extended-response (er) and short answer  (sa) items. K-PREP is based on Kentucky Academic Standards and customized for Kentucky.

NCS Pearson has been awarded the contract to provide all assessments for grades 3-8 and writing on-demand at high school.
NCS Pearson currently provides large-scale assessment services in more than 25 states and for the U.S. Department of Education.


Additional information concerning the science assessment at grades 4 and 7 coming in February 2018.

2016 Accountability Calculator


Guidance on Using K-PREP in Gifted & Talented Identification





ODW Rubric

ODW Rubric

Scoring Criteria

Pre-Writing Space





KDE DAC Information
Office of Assessment and Accountability
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4394

2017-18 Testing Window

Within the last 14 Instructional Days of a district's calendar. Please contact the school district for the actual dates.


PearsonAccess next Training


2018 K-PREP Important Dates


2018 Manuals

DAC/BAC Manual

Test Administration Manuals

K-PREP Text Reader Manuals

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


Certification of Proper Test Administration Forms:


Application to Request Unapproved Calculator for K-PREP


Non-Standard Response Templates

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Extended Response

Short Answer

OnDemand Writing

Science Grades 4 & 7



K-PREP Released Items

School Report Card

Data Release Resources


DAC Monday Emails

Alternate Assessment Information


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