Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment

Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment

Published: 1/27/2023 9:39 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 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 Office of Assessment and Accountability often sends out communications for the Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment. 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.

Teachers may sign-up to receive these messages automatically, by sending a request to: dacinfo@education.ky.gov

​2022-2023 Communications

Special Alternate Assessment Email 1/9/2022​AKSA Window 1 Makeup Window Opens, AKSA Window 2 VI Materials Ordering Now through Feb. 13, AKSA Window 2 Materials Shipping Selection due Feb. 13

Special Alternate Assessment Email 8/15/2022 - Global Alternate Program Calendar Released, Back to School Training Released (AKSA Included)​

Special Alternate Assessment Email 8/30/2022Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment Combined Overview-Attainment Task Training/Quiz to Open, Alternate Assessment Students Marked Blind/Visually Impaired (VI) On Individualized Education Program (IEP): Deadline September 6 

Special Alternate Assessment Email 8/31/2022 - (Updated Links) Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment Combined Overview-Attainment Task Training/Quiz to Open 

Special Alternate Assessment Email 9/9/2022Kentucky Alternate Assessment – CWEC Training / Quiz Opens today, Sept. 9, Alternate Assessment Students Marked Blind/Visually Impaired (VI) On Individualized Education Program (IEP): Deadline Extension ​ ​

Special Alternate Assessment Email 9/23/22​ - Reminder Sept. 30 Deadline to Update Infinite Campus (IC) for Student Registration Database (SRD)

Special Alternate Assessment Email 10/14/22​ - ​ESAR Administration to Begin Oct. 14, Kentucky Alternate Assessment – ESAR Training / Quiz Opens today, Oct. 14, Looking Ahead: AKSA Window One Dates and Reminders, New AKSA Consultant

Special Alternate Assessment Email 10/21/22 ​AKSA Office Hours, AKSA Window 1 Materials to Ship Week of Oct. 24, Early Access to SRD Opens Oct. 24 

Special Alternate Assessment Email 11/10/22AKSA Office Hours Reminder, AKSA Testing Window 1 Opens Nov. 14, CRD Opens Nov. 14, SRD Opens Nov. 14 

Special Alternate Assessment Email 12/9/22 - ​​AKSA Office Hours Reminder, AKSA Testing Window 1 Closes Dec. 16, AKSA Window 1 Makeup Window Information, ESAR/CWEC Certification Quizzes Close Dec. 23, ESAR and CWEC Administration Deadlines, SRD Closes Dec. 23 

Assessment Calendar

2022-2023 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 14 - December 16, 2022

Window 1 Makeup January 9 - March 24

Window 2: April 17 to May 30, 2023

TAR: September 27, 2022 - May 30, 2023

Window 1 Makeup Request Form​


Transition Attainment Record (TAR)

TAR Administration Guide

TAR Administration Training PowerPoint​​

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



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