Published: 9/22/2012 7:15 PM

​The Kentucky School Testing System generates a wealth of data on the performance of schools and districts throughout Kentucky. These data, supplemented by analysis and background information, inform the public on the status of educational reform at all levels. Other reports such as technical manuals and interpretive guides offer information on all of the components of the system and their significance.


  • ACT Tested Juniors

    As mandated by KRS 158.6453, all of Kentucky’s public school students participate in an assessment program that includes a high school readiness examination in grade eight (8), a college readiness examination in grade ten (10) and a college admissions examination to be taken by all students in grade eleven (11).
  • Dropout Data

    ​The dropout rate is the percent of students that drop out of school in grades seven (7) through twelve (12).
  • Explore and Plan

    ​Administration of the EXPLORE and PLAN assessments, which are provided by ACT, Inc., was mandated by Senate Bill 130 in the 2006 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. The two assessments are designed to help schools focus on meeting academic standards across the entire secondary school program.
  • Graduation Rate Data (Cohort)

    The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate data provides an accurate graduation model that follows students from their first year in high school through their expected cohort graduation school year.

  • NAEP

    The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is also known as "the Nation's Report Card".  NAEP has been conducting assessments since 1969 and is the only national assessment of what "America's students know and can do" in various subject areas. NAEP assessments are given at the fourth, eighth, and twelfth grades.
  • Research Data

    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.
  • State Report Cards

    ​The Federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires states to prepare and make public state report cards containing the most recent information available on assessment, accountability, teacher quality and performance on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) at the state level. Whenever possible this information is to be disaggregated in terms of gender, major racial and ethnic groups, students with disabilities, students with limited English proficiency, students considered economically disadvantaged and migrant students.

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