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Published: 4/9/2020 10:46 AM

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.

Important Dates for Spring 2020 Testing

2019-2020 K-PREP Blueprint

2020 K-PREP Testing Item Formats and Times

KDE Calculator Policy 

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 to find the adopted Kentucky Academic Standards. 

KAS 2018-2019 Standards

Social Studies

Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) KAS 2018-2019 standards are available upon request.

October 2019 Item Review Trainings conducted by Pearson








Short Answer Response Space

Extended Response Answer Space

Rubrics and Writer's Reference Sheets for Spring 2021

 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

2019-2020 Testing Window

Five consecutive days within the last 14 Instructional Days of a district's calendar. Please contact the school district for the actual dates.

Online Testing Information

Online Testing Toolbox

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

TextHelp Sampler

Username: sampler
Password: sampler


Nov. Online Training 

For Grades 3-8 Field Test and High School Testing

Dec. Accommodations Online Testing Training 

Jan. Online Testing Training


TestNAV Training

Creating Test Sessions in PAN

Seal Codes for Online Testing

2020 Manuals 

DAC/BAC Manual

Test Administration Manuals (TAMs)

Field Test Manuals

Are also available in PAN after sign in


 Field Test [Feb. 24 to Mar. 6]

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

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