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Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment

Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment

Published: 9/16/2022 9:40 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 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 ​ ​

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 2: April 17 to May 30, 2023

TAR: September 27, 2022 - May 30, 2023



Transition Attainment Record (TAR)

Coming Soon




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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