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Assessment Support

DAC Communications

Published: 9/10/2020 4:02 PM

The Division of Assessment and Accountability Support (DAAS) is charged with supporting the efforts of the District Assessment Coordinators (DACs) and school-level personnel as they implement Kentucky’s assessment and accountability system.

From the logistics of testing, to the Administration Code, the interpretation of the Kentucky Assessment results and the application of test results to the improvement of instruction, the DAAS aids the efforts for all schools to reach proficiency.

Below are emails sent from the Communications Branch of DAAS in the Office of Assessment and Accountability (OAA) to DACs.

Individual e-mails provide reminders of upcoming events and deadlines, address changes in policy and procedure, answer frequently asked questions, and provide documents and forms to those implementing state assessments in the field, including K-PREP, Alternate K-PREP, High School Assessments, Dual Credit and more.

Beginning Monday, November 18, 2019, DAAS switched the Monday DAC and Special DAC Emails to GovDelivery. Below are the links for each newsletter.


September 2020

  • Monday Email - 9/8 - Topics: ACT Pre-Activities, ACT Accommodations Reconsideration, ACT Additional Materials, ACT Non-College Reportable Accommodations, ACT Test Materials Arrival, ACT Training for Testing Staff, Alternate K-PREP Systems Registration, DAC Monthly Webcast, WIDA eWorkshops
  • Special Email - 9/10 - Topic: Sept. DAC Webcast


August 2020

  • Special Email - 8/3/2020 - Topic: Postponement of Social Studies Field Test and Corresponding Trainings
  • Monday Email - 8/3/2020 - Topics: ACT Fall Administration Training Recording and Materials, KAAC Nominations for DAC and BAC of the Year, Minimum High School Graduation Requirements
  • Special Email - 8/6/2020 - Topic: Pre-Quality Control (QC) Data Review
  • Special Email - 8/7/2020 - Topic: SDRR Application Open for Data Review
  • Monday Email - 8/10/2020 - Topics: Assessment Blueprints, ACT Student Enrollment, ACT TAA Deadline, Alternate K-PREP Information, Assessment Scores in IC, KBE Approves K Screen Waiver
  • Special Email - 8/13/2020 - Topic: August DAC Monthly Webcast
  • Monday Email - 8/17/2020 - Topics: Fall ACT Administration, ACT TAA Deadline Extended, Fall 2020 Teaching and Learning PL Series, Back-to-School Trainings Released, TAC Role in TAA, Verify ACT Student Enrollment, WIDA eSummit Announcement, Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) Documentation Updated
  • Special Email - 8/21/2020 - Topics: Fall Data Review Deadline Postponed, SDRR Remains Open, ACT Testing in 2020, ACT: Managing Participation Deadline in PAN, TAA Deadline Extended, TAA Office Hours
  • Monday Email - 8/24/2020 - Topics: COVID-19 Guidance for Alternate Assessment WBL, ACT Accommodations Late Consideration, ACT Additional Orders, ACT Non-College Reportable Materials, ACT TAA Deadline Extended, Spring ACT Scores in IC, TAA Office Hours
  • Monday Email - 8/31/2020 - Topics: Updated Administration Code and Inclusion of Special Populations Trainings, ACT Test Materials Arrive Next Week, KDE Releases COVID-19 Reopening Guidance on EL Programs, WIDA Q&A Webinars, WIDA Resources for Test Administrators, High School Feedback Reports, SDRR for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS, WIDA Assessments in 2020-2021

July 2020

  • Monday Email - 7/6/2020 - Topics: Administering Kindergarten Screen, ACT Reports, DAC Webcast Canceled, Graduation Codes Deadline, ACT Training Registration, WIDA Webinar
  • Monday Email - 7/13/2020 - Topics: Social Studies Field Test Trainings, ACCESS for ELLs Webinar, WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops, DRC Planned Outage, ACT Training Registration Deadline, ACT New Online Reporting System
  • Monday Email - 7/20/2020 - Topics: Senate Bill 158 (SB 158), WIDA Q&A Webinar, WIDA Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement, School Profile Report Collector Tool Open in School Report Card
  • Special Email - 7/23/2020 - Topic: Program Consultant Vacancy
  • Monday Email - 7/27/2020 - Topics: Fall Data Review, Bias Review Participants Sought, Social Studies Field Test Training, WIDA Screener Q&A Webinars, ACT 2020 Fall State Administration Student Eligibility, ACT PearsonAccessnext and TAA Systems Opening, ACT Test Administration Q&A Webinar Training, OAA/ACT Fall Administration Training

June 2020

  • Monday Email - 6/1/2020 - Topics: Social Studies Field Test Survey, Administration Code Training Dates, Cohort Student Listings in SDRR, Guidance on Academic Readiness from the Commissioner's Monday Message, School Reconfiguration
  • Monday Email - 6/8/2020 - Topics: Assessment Item Reviewers, June DAC Webcast, K Screen Materials, KyCEL Summer Learning Series, NAEP, School Report Card, School Reconfiguration
  • Special Email - 6/10/2020 - Topic: June DAC Webcast Moved to Wednesday, June 10
  • Monday Email - 6/15/2020 - Topics: Alternate Assessment Writing and Social Studies Standards and Targets, DRC Planned Outage, EOP and TRACK Assessments Make-up Testing, June DAC Webcast Recording, K Screen OMS Staff File Due, School Reconfiguration
  • Monday Email - 6/22/2020 - Topics: ACT Fall Testing, ACCESS for ELLs Standards Recruitment, WIDA AMS and WIDA Screener Online Updates, WIDA Non-Disclosure and User Agreement
  • Monday Email - 6/29/2020 - Topics: ACT Student Verification for Fall Administration, ACCESS Accounts, WIDA Technology Releases and Resource Updates, Stay Connected with #WIDA Facebook Group, 2020 Pilot CTE EOP Assessments Fall 2020, Graduation Codes Deadline

May 2020

  • Monday Email - 5/4/2020 - Topics: Assessment Blueprints, 2020-2021 WIDA Fellows, ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports, ACCESS for ELLs Post Data Validation, KDE Telecommuting and Security, WIDA AMS Navigation Changes Webinar, WIDA Early Years Resources
  • Monday Email - 5/11/2020 - Topics: K Screen Materials, WIDA Annual Conference Update, Resources on WIDA COVID-19 Webpage, May DAC Monthly Webcast, K Screen Brigance OMS Staff File, School Report Card Finance Domain Deadline Extended
  • Special Email - 5/14/2020 - Topic: May DAC Webcast
  • Monday Email - 5/18/2020 - Topics: Social Studies Field Test Participation, National ACT Testing Sites, DRC Planned Outage, School Reconfigurations
  • Special Email - 5/26/2020 - Topics: DAC Monthly Webcast Recording, School Reconfigurations, WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards

April 2020

  • Special Email - 4/6/2020 - Topic: Waiver Suspends Requirements for Civics Test and Early Graduation Exams (EOC)
  • Monday Email - 4/6/2020 - Topics: Feedback Requested on KAS Online Field Test and the Quality of School Climate and Safety Survey, CTE End-of-Program (EOP) Pilot Assessments, EOP And Track Assessments, Industry Certification
  • Monday Email - 4/13/2020 - Topics: April DAC Webcast, K Screen Ordering Process, WIDA Workshop Opportunities
  • Special Email - 4/16/2020 - Topic: April DAC Webcast
  • Monday Email - 4/20/2020 - Topics: Quality of School Climate and Safety Survey Participation Rate Data, ACCESS Score Reports Resources, ACT Fall Tentative Testing, Alternate K-PREP Materials, CTE EOP Assessment Results and Certificates, Early Graduates, K Screen Brigance OMS Staff File, KAAC Nominations for DAC and BAC of the Year, WIDA Secure Portal Maintenance
  • Special Email - 4/21/2020 - Topic: Governor Beshear Recommends Suspension of In-person Classes Continue Through End of School Year
  • Monday Email - 4/27/2020 - Topics: Senate Bill (SB) 158 Status, Assessment Scores Published in IC

March 2020

  • Monday Email - 3/2/2020 - Topics: Quality of School Climate and Safety (QSCS) Rosters, Field Test Accommodated Materials Update, Alternate Assessment Survey, Field Test and QSCS Success, ACT Updates: Initial Test Date Materials, ACT Accommodations and EL Supports Late Consideration, Training for Room Supervisors, Proctors and Accommodations Providers, Non-Test Activities
  • Monday Email - 3/9/2020 - Topics: February DAC Meeting Recordings, March DAC Webcast, Alternate Assessment Quality of School Climate and Safety, ACT Scores in IC, ACT Testing Window, ACT Shipping
  • Special Email - 3/11/2020 - Topic: ACT Rosters in SDRR
  • Special Email - 3/12/2020 - Topic: DAC Webcast
  • Monday Email - 3/16/2020 - Topics: Guidance on Spring Testing, Additional ACT Guidance, AAAF Suspended for Spring 2020, Avoid Licensing Scams, DAC/BAC Certification of Proper Test Administration Forms, EOC Exam Shipping Deadline
  • Special Email - 3/20/2020 - Topics: KDE Press Releases: Kentucky Applying for Testing Waiver from USDOE, Gov. Beshear Recommends School Closure Extension until April 20
  • Monday Email - 3/23/2020 - Topics: Message from Jennifer Stafford, State Assessment and Accountability Waiver, Education Continuation Task Force, ACT Testing Update, ACT Rosters in SDRR
  • Special Email - 3/24/2020 - Topic: KDE Cancels K-PREP Testing for 2019-2020 School Year
  • Monday Email - 3/30/2020 - Topics: KDE and OAA COVID-19 Resources, ACT Testing Update, ACT National Testing Options, CTE EOP Scores Published in IC, WIDA Website Communications, ACCESS for ELLs Score Interpretation Resources

February 2020

  • Monday Email - 2/3/2020 - Topics: Assessment and Accountability Calendar. ACT Important Dates, Alternate K-PREP Window 2 Shipping, EOC Scores, Field Test Scheduling, Helpful Contacts, Testing Opt-Out Information
  • Monday Email 2/10/2020 - Topics: Ordering Accommodated Materials, DAC Trainings, K-PREP Format Items and Times Chart, Scores in IC, Cohort Primary Report for 4- and 5-Year
  • Special Email - 2/14/2020 - Topics: Field Test TAMs Available in PearsonAccessnext
  • Monday Email - 2/17/2020 - Topics: Field Test Accommodated Materials, Alternate K-PREP Submission Deadline for Blind or VI students, DAC/BAC Certification of Proper Test Administration Forms,  EOC Exams Shipped, Grade 4 TAM Script Correction, No Accommodated Student Content Test Sessions in PAN
  • Special Email - 2/19/2020 - Topics: KAS Field Test TAMs, Creating Test Sessions Clarification, Seal Code for ODW Fielt Test
  • Special Email - 2/21/2020 - Topics: Grade 8 KAS Field Test TAM Available, Seal Codes for ODW Field Test (clarification)
  • Monday Email - 2/24/2020 - Topics: First Day of Online Field Test, ACT Additional Orders, ACT Online Testing Sessions, CTE End-of-Program (EOP) Assessment Window and Test Tickets, Skilled Trades TRACK Assessment Window

January 2020

  • Monday Email - 1/6/2020 - Topics: PAN Opens for K-PREP Tasks, ACCESS for ELLs/Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Rosters Open in SDRR, ACT Q&A Sessions, KDE/ACT Training Webinar, CTE Updates
  • Special Email - 1/7/2020 - Topic: PearsonAccessnext (PAN) Opening Delayed
  • Special Email - 1/9/2020 - Topic: January DAC Webcast
  • Monday Email - 1/13/2020 - Topics: ACT Scores in IC, ACT Site Readiness Deadline, ACT Student Enrollment Verification, ACT TAA Deadline, Alternate K-PREP Test Window Opening, Alternate K-PREP - Students Marked Deaf-Blind or VI, CTE EOP Results in IC, Dropout Student Listings in SDRR, Jan. DAC Webcast, KY ACT Guidance Document, Online Testing Toolbox, Online Testing Training for Field Testing
  • Special Email - 1/14/2020 - Topic: Online Field Test Training
  • Special Email - 1/15/2020 - Topic: Online Field Test Opening in PAN Delayed
  • Special Email - 1/17/2020 - Topics: Online Field Test Open in PAN, First Year ELs Participation in Field Test and Quality of School Climate and Safety Survey, Jan. 14 Online Testing Training Recording, Online Field Test Tutorials and Practice Tests Available, PAN Open for Spring 2020 Operational Assessment Tasks
  • Special Email - 1/21/2020­ - Topics: Feb/March DAC Training, 2020 Pearson Important Dates and Deadlines, Dropout Student Listings Open for Review in SDRR, ACT Student Enrollment Verification, ACT TAA Reminder, ACT Site Readiness Activities Reminder
  • Monday Email 1/27/2020 - Topics: Online Practice Tests and Tutorials, Quality of School Climate and Safety Survey,  Alternate Assessment Survey

December 2019

November 2019

  • Monday Email - 11/18/2019 - Topics: Pearson Online Testing Training Session, ACT PearsonAccessnext, Nov. DAC Webcast Recording, SRC and Open House Updates, Transition Ready Scores in IC
  • Special Email - 11/19/2019 - Topics: Updated Accountability Data in SRC and Open House, K-PREP Online Testing Training Session Link 
  • Monday Email - 11/25/2019 - Topics: ACCESS for ELLs Trainings, ACT PearsonAccessnext Deadline, CTE EOP Deadline, EOC Exams, Updates to Open House

DAC Communications
DescriptionPublication DateDownload
November DAC Webcast, DAC and Special DAC Email Migration to GovDelivery11/14/2019Special DAC Email 1 20191114.pdf
Embargoed Data: Updated Accountability Data, Long-Term Goals Data and ACCESS for ELLs Summary Data Available for Districts, Download the Data Files from Secure Web Application, ESSA Demographic Reporting Files Available11/14/2019Special DAC Email 2 20191114.pdf
Migration of DAC Emails to GovDelivery, November DAC Webcast, ACT Administration Trainings, EOC Exams Ordering, Support for iPad OS 13.x with ACCESS for ELLs, Advancing ALTELLA Project (WIDA Alternate Assessment), WIDA ELD Standards, WIDA SIS 11/12/2019DAC Email 20191112.pdf
On-line Testing Training, ACT: PearsonAccessNext and TAA Opening, CTE Scores in Infinite Campus (IC), Feedback Needed for Graduation Competency, NAEP Scores Released11/4/2019DAC Email 20191104.pdf
Test Security, ACCESS for ELLs Bias, Sensitivity and Content Review, ACT Test Administration Training, WIDA and DRC Customer Service Hours, Alternate K-PREP Window 1 Begins, Student Registration Database (SRD) Opens, Infinite Campus (IC) Data Quality10/28/2019DAC Email 20191028.pdf
Information About Upcoming Field Tests in DAC Webcast, ACT Face-to-Face Training, Alternate K-PREP Student Registration Database (SRD) Administrator Access10/21/2019DAC Email 20191021.pdf
October DAC Webcast10/17/2019Special DAC Email 1 20191017.pdf
Program Consultant Vacancy10/17/2019Special DAC Email 2 20191017.pdf
Brigance K Screen Deadline, Scores in IC, Alternate K-PREP Materials - Window 1, Alternate K-PREP Combined Overview/AT Training Closing, Career and Technical Education EOP Assessment - 2019-2020 E-SESS Accounts and Testing Window10/14/2019DAC Email 20191014.pdf
Data Review Period, Dropout Guidelines, Individual Student Reports in PearsonAccessNext, Monthly DAC Webcast, SDRR Survey and Thank You10/7/2019DAC Email 20191007.pdf
Public Data Release Resources, Data Review, Long Term Goals, Additional Data Sets10/1/2019Special DAC Email 20191001.pdf
K-PREP Student Data Available in PearsonAccessNext (PAN), 2019-2020 EOC Pathway Materials Ordering, ACCESS for ELLs Test Materials, ACT Data and Reports Removed, Data Reivew, Scores in IC, Alternate Assessment TAR Training, PAN Accounts9/30/2019DAC Email 20190930.pdf
Additional Materials for Public Release Available9/27/2019Special DAC Email 20190927.pdf
Embargoed Data Timeline Begins Friday, September 27 at 8 a.m. ET9/26/2019Special DAC Email 20190926.pdf
Public Release October 1, Alternate K-PREP Training, Bias Review Committees, Cautions for Buying Software for State Testing9/23/2019DAC Email 20190923.pdf
Quality Control (QC) Day Two - No Systemic Issues Found9/19/2019Special DAC Email No 3 20190919.pdf
Quality Control (QC) Day Two Morning Follow-up9/19/2019Special DAC Email No 2 20190919.pdf
Quality Control (QC) Day Two Begins at 9 a.m. ET9/19/2019Special DAC Email 20190919.pdf
Quality Control (QC) Day Two, Superintendent Webcast, Public Release Resources9/18/2019Special DAC Email 20190918.pdf
Quality Control Day Two Scheduled, Commissioner's Monday Message - Superintendent's Webcast to Discuss Federal Designations9/17/2019Special DAC Email 20190917.pdf
Quality Control Day Two, Academic Standards Assessment Blueprint Next Steps, Bias Review Participants Sought, WIDA Updates9/16/2019DAC Email 20190916.pdf
QC Day One - Wrap-up email9/11/2019Special DAC Email No 2 20190911.pdf
QC Day One - Morning email9/11/2019Special DAC Email No 1 20190911.pdf
Pre-Quality Control (QC) Day One Webinar9/10/2019Special DAC Email 20190910.pdf
Quality Control (QC) Day One Confirmed, Commissioner Accepts 5-Star Recommendations from Panel, Alt K-PREP Grade 10 Reading, WIDA Website Walkthrough, ACT Reports Removed from PAN, Bias Review Participants, ACCESS for ELLs Manuals9/9/2019DAC Email 20190909.pdf
Preparing for Quality Control (QC) Day, K-3 Intervention Survey, Scott Trimble Workshop on Assessment9/3/2019DAC Email 20190903.pdf
Quality Control (QC) Day, 2018-2019 K-PREP Cut Scores, Alternate Assessment Attainment Tasks (AT) Training, WIDA AMS DRC Transition to COS8/26/2019DAC Email 20190826.pdf
K-Screen Nonparticipation Rosters, Alternate Assessment Visually Impaired Materials, Alternate K-PREP Resources, Combined Overview/AT Training and Quiz, WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (K-W-APT) Training8/19/2019DAC Email 20190819.pdf
Pre-QC Data Review Closed, Accountability System Standard Setting Meetings8/16/2019Special DAC Email 20190816.pdf
Pre-QC Data Review Ending August 168/15/2019Special DAC Email 20190815.pdf
Accountability Standards Setting, AP and IB Scores in Infinite Campus (IC), August DAC Webcast, Continuous Improvement Summit, Teacher and Content Specialists Needed, Through Course Task Guidance (Science)8/12/2019DAC Email 20190812.pdf
Pre-Quality Control Data Review Spreadsheets Available8/12/2019Special DAC Email 20190812.pdf
Pre-Quality Control Data Review Open, Accountability and Fall Trainings, School Rating System to Begin in September8/9/2019Special DAC Email 20190809.pdf
KDE is Seeking Feedback on Draft Assessment Blueprints for Reading/Writing, Mathematics and Social Studies8/6/2019Special DAC Email 20190806.pdf
Accountability and Fall Trainings, Brigance (K Screen) OMS Open, WIDA Transition to New COS Service Device8/5/2019DAC Email 20190805.pdf
Pre-Quality Control (QC) Data Review Opens August 9 in SDRR8/2/2019Special DAC Email 20190802.pdf
Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI), Commissioner's Monday Message, WIDA/DRC Webinar7/29/2019DAC Email 20190729.pdf
Academic Standards Blueprint Process Continues with Review Committees, Alternate K-PREP Calendar Released, School Report Card (SRC) Approval/Collection Tool Open for Safety Data7/22/2019DAC Email 20190722.pdf
Alternate Assessment Waiver Public Comment Sought7/16/2019Special DAC Email 20190716.pdf
Kentucky Assessment Item Reviewers Application Open, SDRR Cohort7/15/2019DAC Email 20190715.pdf
Social Studies Standards Adopted for the 2019-2020 School Year7/9/2019Special DAC Email 20190709.pdf
Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate in SDRR, 2019 KYOTE Data in Infinite Campus, ACT School and District Profile Reports in PearsonAccessnext7/8/2019DAC Email 20190708.pdf
Assessment Blueprint Advisory Panels - Reading/Writing, Mathematics and Social Studies, DAC Spotlight Submissions7/1/2019DAC Email 20190701.pdf
Summative Assessment Vendor Announced, February DAC Meeting Schedule, Final Review of 2017-2018 Dropout Data, January DAC Webcast Date Change, Alternate K-PREP Makeup Test Window, Submission of VI Alt K-PREP Student Names, ACT Test Admin Webinar, CTE EOP1/7/2019DAC Email 20190107.pdf

KDE DAC Information
Office of Assessment and Accountability
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4394
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