Published: 7/30/2019 3:30 PM

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.

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.

2019 K-PREP Testing Item Formats and Times

2018-2019 K-PREP Blueprint

KDE Calculator Policy 









Short Answer Response Space

Extended Response Answer Space


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

2019-20 Testing Window

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

Important Dates


TestNAV Training

Creating Test Sessions in PAN

Seal Codes for Online Testing

2019 Manuals 

DAC/BAC Manual

Test Administration Manuals

2019 High School Testing FAQ


  • DAC and BAC Certification of Proper Test Administration Forms
  • K-PREP Site Visit Form
  • Unapproved Calculator Form

These forms are being updated for 2019-2020 and will appear closer to test administration time.


Non-Standard Response Templates

Do not change the margins or font size.

Extended Response

Short Answer

OnDemand Writing

Science Grades 4, 7 & 11



K-PREP Sample/Released Items

School Report Card Suite

Data Release Resources


DAC Monday Emails

Alternate Assessment Information

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