The unique circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 crisis have affected state-required testing and state, district, and school accountability.
In a Letter to Chief State School Officers regarding expectation for states to administer tests, USED confirmed that states would administer federally required testing for the 2020-2021 school year.
In March 2021, the USED invited states to request a waiver for the 2020-2021 school year in the areas of accountability and school identification requirements. For additional information concerning the process and Kentucky's waiver requests, please see the Accountability web page.
For the 2020-2021 school year, Kentucky will continue to administer federal and state-required assessments. Flexibility, including shortened assessments and extended windows, have been offered to districts and schools. As with the 2019-2020 assessment information, the available 2020-2021 assessment data will be reported in the School Report Card.
Kentucky has applied for federal waivers for accountability and school identification, such as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI). If Kentucky's waiver is accepted by USED, then accountability for 2020-2021 will not be reported.
Visit the Accountability web page for information on Kentucky's Accountability System. For more information on state assessment programs, visit the Assessments web page.