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.
Previous Testing Systems consisted of the K-PREP, The ACT, ACT Explore, ACT Plan, ACT WorkKeys, KOSSA, ASVAB, KYOTE, ACT Compass, Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT), and more, including nonacademic components. Results from these assessments are available through data sets in Kentucky's School Report Card.
Schools and districts received the Interim Performance Reports (IPR), which provided detailed information and performance results. Electronic files are available containing the data that appears on the IPR. Data from 2005-06 through 2010-11 are available through these data sets.
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.
The dropout rate is the percent of students that drop out of school in grades seven (7) through twelve (12).
Technical manuals provide detailed information about test development, scaling, scoring, norming, equating and validity evidence for a specific assessment.
The Department of Education conducts ongoing research on Kentucky’s statewide testing programs. Activities include establishing the validity of the assessment and accountability program. Studies include consistency of student results across multiple measures, the congruence of school scores with documented improvements in instructional practice and the school learning environment, and the potential for all scores to yield fair, consistent, and accurate student performance level and school accountability decisions.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (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.
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