Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment

Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment

Published: 9/28/2021 1:21 PM

​​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 Kentucky Summative Assessment 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 Kentucky Summative Assessment 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.

The Alternate K-PREP Assessment was given in the 2020-2021 school year. Archived information for the 2020-2021 Alternate K-Prep Assessment can be found on the Alternate K-Prep Archive page

Assessment Calendar

2021-2022 Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment Calendar


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

Window 1: November 15 - December 20, 2021

Window 2: April 18 to May 27, 2022

TAR: September 27 - May 27, 2022



Transition Attainment Record (TAR)






Jason Howard
Office of Assessment and Accountability
Division of Assessment and Accountability Support
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4394 Ext. 4009



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