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Alternate K-PREP Program

Alternate K-PREP

Published: 2/12/2021 7:59 AM

​The Kentucky Alternate Assessment  was developed in 1990 as a result of the Reform Act of 1990 to provide schools and programs with a valid and reliable means of assessing the instruction provided to students with moderate and significant disabilities (i.e., for the less than 1% of the total student population for whom traditional assessments would be an inappropriate measure of progress).

​In 2011 all content areas of the Alternate K-PREP were represented by attainment tasks and the Transition Attainment Record (TAR) for students in grade 11. These assessments continue to meet federal requirements for the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA).

Alternate K-PREP is based upon two components: Attainment Tasks (AT) and the Transition Attainment Record (TAR). These components play vital roles in the assessment of the individual student.

Attainment Tasks (AT)
Attainment tasks are performance events that require students to complete a task, working step by step as directed by the teacher.

Testing Window

  • Alternate K-PREP Test Window: March 22, 2021-May 28, 2021
  • TAR: Oct. 5, 2020-May 28, 2021

Transition Attainment Record (TAR)
The Transition Attainment Record is a checklist which evaluates the student’s readiness in reading, mathematics and science.

  • Alternate K-PREP AAAF

    The Kentucky Department of Education no longer requires the Alternate Assessment and Accountability Folder or AAAF to be kept as a requirement of the state. The decision to use the AAAF beginning in the fall 2020 will be a district decision only.

  • Alternate K-PREP Communications

    ​Communications between KDE and districts/schools occur on a regular basis with staff who have elected to be a part of the Alternate Assessment E-mails.

  • Alternate K-PREP Resources

     ​The Alternate K-PREP is the assessment provided to Kentucky students with the most severe cognitive disabilities. The resources below provide assistance to students participating in the Alternate assessment.

  • Alternate K-PREP Trainings

    These training videos and materials are designed to help teachers and administrators with the implementation of the Alternate K-PREP program.

  • Kentucky Academic Standards - Alternate K-PREP


    Senate Bill 175 (2019) calls for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to implement a process for reviewing all academic standards and aligned assessments beginning in the 2017-18 school year. The current schedule calls for one or two content areas to be reviewed each year and every six years thereafter on a rotating basis. The rotation schedule began in the summer of 2017 by soliciting feedback on English/language arts, mathematics and health/physical education standards. Reading and writing (English/language arts) and mathematics were the first to be reviewed for the Kentucky Alternate Assessment with a quick follow up of new social studies standards. As noted in Senate Bill 175, the changes that occur and apply to all areas of learning must also apply to the Kentucky Alternate Assessment.

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