Published: 6/15/2018 3:34 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 became available at the February 2018 DAC Meetings. See DAC/BAC Manual and Grades 4 & 7 TAMs for details.


KDE Calculator Policy (Current)







ODW Rubric

ODW Rubric

Scoring Criteria

Pre-Writing Space



Short Answer Response Space

Extended Response Scoring Guide

Extended Response Answer 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.

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2018 K-PREP Important Dates


2018 Manuals

DAC/BAC Manual

Test Administration Manuals

Text Reader Manuals

Student Guide

Lexiflow Tech Specs

Staff Guides



Certification of Proper Test Administration Forms:

K-PREP Site Visit 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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