The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) received tentative approval from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) for our state waiver, which allows Kentucky to bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. At the same time, KDE was tentatively approved to be exempted from certain statewide school accountability requirements due to the national emergency. KDE should receive formal approval from USED concerning our waiver request to be relieved of the federal assessment, accountability and specific reporting requirements for 2019-2020 in the coming days.
As a result of the tentative 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 also will have an impact on this fall’s accountability data release.
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.
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) is working with representatives from ACT to provide additional options for state-provided ACT testing. KDE is attempting to secure another ACT test date (possibly this fall) for current 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 will be provided when details are finalized.