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Published: 12/15/2020 2:26 PM

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 to find the adopted Kentucky Academic Standards for reading, mathematics, science, social studies, editing and mechanics, and writing.

KAS 2018-2019 Standards

Social Studies

Item Review Resources 


Performance Level Descriptors

K-PREP Math Reference Sheets


Scoring Guides

Short Answer Response Space

Extended Response Answer Space

On-Demand Writing (ODW) Rubrics and Writer's Reference Sheets

 KAS Writer's Reference Sheets

KAS Rubrics

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

2020-2021 Testing Window

Please contact the school district for the actual dates.

Online Testing Information

2020-2021 Resources will be available as developed. Look for updates frequently on this page.

Online Testing Toolbox

Contains links to resources, tools, practice tests, tutorials, technical information, and accommodations information.



TestNAV Training

Creating Test Sessions in PAN

Seal Codes for Online Testing

Additional TestNAV Info for Test Proctors

Checking for Disabled Accounts in PAN 

Disabling the Gamebar and Siri for Online Testing

2020-2021 Manuals

2020-2021 manuals will be available closer to administration date.

  • DAC/BAC Manual
  • Test Administration Manuals (TAMs)

Field Test Manuals

Are also available in PAN after sign in


Operational Test

Non-Standard Response Templates

Do not change the margins or font size on the templates.

Extended Response

Short Answer

OnDemand Writing

Science Grades 4, 7 & 11

Google Docs Guidelines


K-PREP Sample/Released Items

School Report Card Suite

Assessment and Accountability Resources


DAC Monday Emails

DAC Trainings and Webcasts

Alternate Assessment Information

  • Normal Font Size