The unique circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 crisis have affected, or in the future could affect, state-required testing and state, district, and school accountability.
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is in communication with the U.S. Department of Education (USED) and other professional organizations who are jointly monitoring and evaluating the situation. If warranted, KDE may adjust schedules or pursue waivers granted by USED as they pertain to assessment and accountability.
The Impact of Waiver on State Assessments document provides specific information about how 2019-2020 state assessment programs were impacted by COVID-19.
While most 2020-2021
state-required tests are scheduled for spring 2021, a few assessments are
scheduled this fall (i.e., Kindergarten Screen and Fall ACT testing for juniors
who missed 2020 spring testing).
Kindergarten Screener Update
704 KAR 5:070 Common kindergarten entry screener Section 3 states that the window to administer the screener begins 15 calendar days prior to the first day of school and ends 30 instructional days after the first day.
At its August meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) approved a waiver on the time frame for administration and reporting window requirements set forth in 704 KAR 5:070, Common Kindergarten Entry Screener, for the 2020-2021 school year.
More information on the screener can be found on the Common Kindergarten Entry Screener web page.
ACT Testing Update
Most of Kentucky's public-school students took the ACT test March 10. However, some students were unable to complete testing. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has worked with representatives from ACT to provide a fall ACT test administration for 2019-2020 juniors who did not test due to an absence or school closure on March 10 and accommodated students who were unable to complete testing. Additional information is located on the ACT web page.
Fall Data Reporting and Federal Classifications
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) received formal approval from USED concerning our waiver request to be relieved of the federal assessment, accountability and specific reporting requirements for 2019-2020 school year.
As a result of the approval, Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown canceled the administration of the K-PREP assessment for the 2019-2020 school year. Removing the K-PREP assessments in reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing will have an impact on this fall's accountability data release.
Results will be publicly reported this fall where complete data sets are available. Data for ACCESS, Alternate ACCES and Graduation Rate will be made available in the School Report Card.
For this year, all federal ratings and supports will remain the same until after the next testing cycle in the spring of 2021. The list of schools qualifying for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI) also will stay the same. Schools identified for CSI are the lowest performing in the state. Schools identified for ATSI were previously referred to as Targeted Support and Improvement Tier II – Low-performing Subgroup(s) and failed to meet the exit criteria outlined in 703 KAR 5:280, Section 15.
Visit the Accountability web page for information on Kentucky's Accountability System. For more information on state assessment programs, visit the Assessments web page.