Beginning in 1990, Kentucky chose to have an all-inclusive assessment and accountability system by having all Kentucky public school students participate in annual testing with the results of those assessments included in the state’s accountability system for schools and districts.
The Kentucky Alternate Assessment Program was developed for students with moderate to significant cognitive disabilities (less than 1% of the total student population) for whom traditional assessments would be an inappropriate measure of progress. The Alternate Assessment Program mirrors the other state assessments.
The accountability and assessment programs have undergone several changes through the years to include differing measures of student and school success. Assessments have changed from the Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT) to the current Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP), while the accountability models have changed from CATS to Unbridled Learning.
Unbridled Learning began in 2011-12 and contains results from K-PREP, ACT, ACT Explore, ACT Plan, ACT WorkKeys, KOSSA, ASVAB, KYOTE, ACT Compass and more. Data from these assessments are available through data sets in Kentucky's School Report Card
School and District Report Cards provide information about each school and district, including test performance, teacher qualifications, student safety, awards, parent involvement, and much more.