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Assessment Support

DAC Communications

Published: 7/1/2020 2:03 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.


July 2020


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
High School Feedback Reports, New DAC Seminar, School Reconfiguration Changes, Scores in IC6/24/2019DAC Email 20190624.pdf
Kindergarten Screen Staff File, School Reconfiguration Changes, WIDA Screener for Kindergarten Field Test, June DAC Webcast Recording, Collecting Prior Setting Data for K Screen, New High School Feedback Reports6/17/2019DAC Email 20190617.pdf
June DAC Webcast 6/13/2019Special DAC Email 20190613.pdf
Student Data Review and Rosters (SDRR) Current Work, June DAC Webcast, Kentucky's Accountability Regulation Finalized (703 KAR 5:270)6/10/2019DAC Email 20190610.pdf
Assistive Technology Survey, Graduation Codes, School Reconfigurations6/3/2019DAC Email 20190603.pdf
Kentucky's Revised Consolidated State Plan, Helpful Assessment and Accountability Contacts, KYOTE scores in Infinite Campus (IC), New DAC Seminar, Student Registration Database (SRD) Closing5/28/2019Special DAC Email 20190528.pdf
Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Seeking Feedback on Draft Assessment Blueprints for Reading/Writing, Mathematics and Social Studies5/22/2019Special DAC Email 20190522.pdf
Graduation Codes in Infinite Campus (IC), Revised Minimum High School Graduation Requirements5/20/2019DAC Email 20190520.pdf
Technology Patch Released for Windows 7 Machines 5/17/2019Special DAC Email 20190517.pdf
May DAC Webcast Recording Available, Commissioner's Monday Message5/15/2019Special DAC Email 20190515.pdf
Assistive Technology Survey, Alternate K-PREP Window Ending, Data Accuracy, New Program Manager, School Reconfigurations, Student Registration Database (SRD) Closing5/13/2019DAC Email 20190513.pdf
May Monthly DAC Webcast5/9/2019Special DAC Email 20190509.pdf
School Report Card (SRC) Financial Data Publicly Released5/8/2019Special SRCC and DAC Email 20190508.pdf
100-Day Accountability, May DAC Webcast, CTE End of Program Results and Certificates5/6/2019DAC Email 20190506.pdf
Grade 11 On-Demand Writing Update on TestNAV Dictionary and Thesaurus5/3/2019Special DAC Email 20190503.pdf
Spring School Report Card Release Preview for Districts, Sharing School Report Cards on the Local District and School Web Pages5/1/2019Special SRCC and DAC Email 20190501.pdf
Scribing and Assistive Technology Clarifications, Certification of Proper Test Administration Forms, Text Reader Updates, Grade 10 Accommodated Materials and Test Window, College Placement Exams in Transition Readiness4/29/2019DAC Email 20190429.pdf

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