Assessment Support

DAC Communications

Published: 7/27/2021 9:49 AM

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.

July 2021

  • Special Tuesday Email - 7/6/2021 - Topics: DAC Monthly Webcast, New District Assessment Coordinator (DAC) Informational Seminar, WIDA Screener for Kindergarten English Learners, ACCESS for ELLs: Speaking Domain with Scoring (Online) Q & A Webinar, 2021-2022 WIDA AMS Technology Documentation
  • Special Email - 7/7/2021 - Topic: New High School Feedback Reports are Available for Review
  • Special Email - 7/8/2021 - Topic: July 8 DAC Monthly Webcast
  • Monday Email - 7/12/2021 - Topics: Interim Assessment Research Study, July DAC Monthly Webcast, New District Assessment Coordinator (DAC) Informational Seminar
  • Monday Email - 7/19/2021 - Topics: Completing the WIDA Screener for Kindergarten Training Course, Kentucky School Report Card Data Approval Tool Opened, Spring 2021 ACT Data and Reports Available
  • Special Email - 7/20/2021 - Topic: Systems Consultant IT Vacancy

June 2021

  • Special Email - 6/1/2021 - Topics: Marking Sessions Complete in PAN, Secure Web Applications Login Update, School Reconfigurations Changes for 2021-2022 School Year, Testing Allegation Incident Reporting, WIDA Screener for Kindergarten: Answers to FAQ
  • Monday Email - 6/7/2021 - Topics: DAC Monthly Webcast, Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education to meet June 8, K Screen 2021-2022 Staff File Submission Deadline, K Screen Data Download, School Reconfiguration Changes for 2021-2022 School Year, WIDA Updates
  • Special Email - 6/10/2021 - Topics: Assessment and Accountability Regulations Public Comment Period and Public Hearing, June 10 DAC Monthly Webcast
  • Monday Email - 6/14/2021 Topics: 2021-2022 EOC State Administration Testing Dates and Counselor Training, 2021-2022 Technology Releases in WIDA AMS, ACCESS for ELLs Data Validation, ACT Scores in Infinite Campus, Administration Code and Inclusion of Special Populations Allegation Training, Complete WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops by August 31, DRC Outage in WIDA AMS, June 10 DAC Monthly Webcast, Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author to Headline 2021 WIDA eConference, School Reconfiguration Changes for 2021-2022 School Year
  • Monday Email - 6/21/2021 Topics: 2021-2022 EOC State Administration Testing Dates and Counselor Training, ACCESS for ELLs Online Speaking Test Survey Closes June 28, DRC Planned Outage in WIDA AMS, Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education to Meet June 22, Public Hearing to be Held on Amendments to Regulations, School Reconfiguration Changes for 2021-2022 School Year, WIDA Secure Portal Nondisclosure and User Agreement
  • Special Email - 6/25/2021 - Topics: KDE's Science Advisory Panel and Review Committee Meeting June 28, Secure Web Applications Login Update
  • Special Email - 6/25/2021 - Topics: KDE's Science Advisory Panel and Review Committee Meeting June 28, Secure Web Applications Login Update
  • Monday Email - 6/28/2021 - Topics: End-of-Course and KYOTE Scores in Infinite Campus, Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education to Meet June 29, School Reconfiguration Changes for 2021-2022 School Year

May 2021

  • Monday Email - 5/3/2021 - Topics: Final test date for the ACT, ACT Materials Pickups for the May Standard Time and Accommodations Test Window (Test Window 4)
  • Special Email - 5/5/2021 - Topic: Information Regarding Chromebooks and TestNav in K-PREP Testing
  • Monday Email - 5/10/2021 - Topics: Alternate K-PREP Window Closing, CTE EOP Assessment Results and Certificates, K Screen Staff File Submission, SDRR Process for Virtual or Quarantined Students, SRD and CRD Closing
  • Special Email - 5/17/201 - Topic: Intermittent Internet Outage
  • Monday Email - 5/17/2021 - Topics: ACCESS for ELLs Online Speaking Test Survey, KDE Testing Allegations Coordinator Update, Registration Open for the 2021 WIDA eConference, School Reconfiguration Changes for 2021-2022 School Year, Scores in Infinite Campus
  • Special Email - 5/19/2021 - Topic: Intermittent Internet Outage Resolved
  • Monday Email - 5/24/2021 - Topics: ACCESS for ELLs Score Report Resources, ACT State Testing Data and Reporting, DRC Planned Outage, K Screen Brigance Order Arrival, KYOTE Scores in Infinite Campus (IC), Special Thank You, WIDA Screener for Kindergarten
  • Special Email - 5/25/2021 - Topic: Program Consultant Vacancy
  • Special Email - 5/27/2021 - Topic: Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education to hold first meeting June 1

April 2021

  • Monday Email - 4/5/2021 - Topics: K Screen Ordering Window Reminder, Spring 2021 Social Studies Field Test, UPDATE: Alternate Assessment CWEC and ESAR – Career Readiness
  • Monday Email - 4/12/2021 - Topics: ACCESS Theme Generator and Standards Expert Recruitment, ACT Materials Pickups for the Emergency Test Window (Test Window 3), Assessment Site Visits, DAC Monthly Webcast, February DAC Q and A Session Recordings
  • Special Email - 4/15/2021 - Topics: April DAC Webcast, KYOTE Scores in IC
  • Monday Email - 4/19/2021 - Topics: ACT: Order Materials for the May Test Date, *Correction Date* ACT Materials Pickups for Test Window 3, DRC Planned Outage, EOC Test Window 3 -- April 19 - 30, K-PREP Processes Improved, New and Improved WIDA ELD Standards Framework Webpages, Reminders: CTE Testing Windows Close April 30, Sandbox Version of SDRR, Spring Rosters Open in SDRR
  • Special Email - 4/20/2021 - Topics: K Screen Window Closing, SDRR Opening for Spring Rosters
  • Special Email - 4/21/2021 - Topic: Public Comment on Kentucky’s Consolidated State Plan Media Release
  • Special Email - 4/22/2021 - Topic: Kentucky Gets Waiver of Federal Accountability Requirements
  • Monday Email - 4/26/2021 - Topics: Question and Answer Session for WIDA Screener for Kindergarten, KAAC Nominations for BAC and DAC of the Year, KDE Seeking Applicants for Social Studies Assessment Work, KYOTE Scores in IC

March 2021

  • Monday Email - 3/1/2021 - Topics: ACCESS for ELLs/Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Rosters Open in SDRR, ACT Training Room Supervisors, Proctors and Accommodations Providers, Alternate K-PREP Office Hours Scheduled, Alternate K-PREP Special Guidance Presentation, Clarification on K-PREP Testing Time, EILA Credit Available for 2021 Feb. DAC Trainings, March ACCESS for ELLs Q&A Webinars, Preparation for Spring 2021 K-PREP, Public Hearing and Public Comment Period on Kentucky’s Accountability System, Scorable Practice Tests Available in the KY Portal, Upcoming February DAC Training Virtual Q&A Session
  • Special Email  - 3/4/2021 - Topic: Visual and Quantitative Information on the ACT Reading Test
  • Monday Email - 3/8/2021 - Topics: ACCESS for ELLs Interpretive Guides, ACT Materials Pickups, ACT Rosters Opening, Alternate Assessment: CRD, Alternate Assessment: SRD, CTE EOP Assessment and Skilled Trades TRACK Assessments Test Windows, DAC Monthly Webcast, DAC/BAC Certification of Proper Test Administration, District Calendar Updates and Reporting, EOC Shipping Deadline, Federal Perkins Accountability – Postsecondary Credentials, K Screen Online Ordering, MyACT: Non-Test Activity and Student Code Usage Status Report, OAA/ACT Office Hours, WIDA ELD FAQ Series, WIDA Fellows Nominations, WIDA Screener for Kindergarten
  • Special Email - 3/11/2021 - Topics: March DAC Webcast, Social Studies Field Test
  • Monday Email - 3/15/2021 - Topics: Additional K-PREP Test Days, Alternate K-PREP Test Materials Ship March 16-19, Alternate K-PREP Testing Window Begins March 22, Alternate Assessment-SRD Opens March 22, Alternate Assessment-CRD Opens March 22, DAC Monthly Webcast, K Screen Training of Trainers Registration Link, ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA Online Screener Supported System Requirements, K-PREP District Test Window Collection Reminder, PearsonAccessnext Opens March 16 for K-PREP, Scores in Infinite Campus
  • Special Email - 3/19/2021 - Topics: ACT Roster Non-participation Requests, Additional State Spring 2021 Emergency Testing Window, 2021 Social Studies Field Test Survey Reminder
  • Monday Email - 3/22/2021 - Topics: 2021-2022 K Screen Implementation Guide, Accommodation Bookmarks Published to K-PREP Website, ACT: Materials Pickups for the Makeup Window, ACT: Order Materials for the Emergency Window, Online Testing Toolbox, CTE EOP Assessment and Skilled Trades TRACK Assessments Test Windows, WIDA Customer Service Hours
  • Special Email - 3/23/2021 - Topic: Program Consultant Vacancy 
  • Special Email - 3/26/2021 - Topics: K-PREP Resources, Public Comment on Waiver Request
  • Monday Email - 3/29/2021 - Topics: ACCESS Testing Window Extended, Accommodations Selections on the IEP, ACT Window 2 Test Materials Return, ACT Test Window 3 Materials Order, ACT Test Window 3 Online Test Sessions, ACT Office Hours, EOC Materials Arriving, Frequently Asked Questions Document, Kindergarten Screen Refresher Webcast, K-PREP Test Window Collection, KYOTE Scores Published in IC, Saved Student Responses in TestNav

February 2021

  • Monday Email - 2/1/2021 - Topics: 2020-2021 EOC Exams–Test Materials Arriving, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Resources, ACT Office Hours, ACT Online Testing Sessions, ACT Test Administration Q & A Session – Reminder, Current Status of the K Screen Process, Scorable K-PREP Practice Tests, TRACK Skilled Trades--Carpentry and Electrical Assessments
  • Monday Email - 2/8/2021 - Topics: ACT Materials Arriving in Schools, DAC Monthly Webcast, WIDA Webinar Series
  • Special Email - 2/11/2021 - Topics: DAC Monthly Webcast, Accommodated Scorable Practice Tests, Kentucky Portal for K-PREP, Science Released Items
  • Monday Email - 2/15/2021 - Topics: Feb. DAC Meeting Videos and Resources, Feb. DAC Meeting Q&A Sessions, COVID-19 Guidance for Spring Assessments, ACT: Non-Test Activity Start Date, MyACT Student Code Usage Status Report, ACT Training for Room Supervisors, Proctors and Accommodations Providers, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Updates, Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrator Survey, WIDA eWorkshops, Cohort Report for 4-Year and 5-Year, Feb. DAC Webcast Recording, Helpful Assessment and Accountability Contacts, CTE EOP Assessment and Skilled Trades TRACK
  • Monday Email - 2/22/2021 - Topics: Formative Assessments Survey, Feb. DAC Q&A Sessions, ACT Additional Orders, DRC Planned Outage, Understanding ACCESS for ELLs Scores, Waiver on Identifying TSI Schools, New Courses Added to WIDA Professional Learning, KYOTE Scores in IC
  • Special Email - 2/23/2021 - Topics: KDE Moves Ahead with State Plans after USED Announces Testing Requirements, Upcoming Virtual Q&A Sessions

January 2021

  • Monday Email - 1/4/2021 - Topics: CTE EOP Assessment Administration, ACT and KYOTE Score in IC, ACT Request Accommodations and Supports, ACT Q & A Sessions, ACCESS for ELLs Webinars, OAA/ACT Office Hour
  • Monday Email - 1/11/2021 - Topics: Dropout Students Listings Review in SDRR, Access eSummit Recordings, Administration Code and Inclusion of Special Populations Training, DAC Monthly Webcast, OAA/ACT Office Hours, WIDA ELD Standards Framework, Q and A Webinar Series
  • Special Email - 1/14/2021 - Topic: January DAC Webcast
  • Special Email - 1/19/2021 - Topics: Alternate K-PREP Test Window, ACT Site Readiness Activities Reminder-Deadline, ACT Student Enrollment Verification Reminder- Deadline, Dropout Student Listings in SDRR, Jan. DAC Monthly Webcast Recording, OAA/ACT Office Hours, Public Comment Sought for Addendum to Kentucky’s ESEA Consolidated State Plan
  • Monday Email - 1/25/2021 - Topics: ACT Late Consideration Window, ACT Office Hours, ACT Q and A Session, Feedback Sought on Kentucky Science Standards

December 2020

  • Monday Email - 12/7/2020 - Topics: Access for ELLs, ACT: Request Accomodations and Supports, Alternate Assessment Students VI on IEP: Deadline Friday, EOC Exam Testing Window 1 End Shipping Deadline Approaches, Kentucky Alternate Assessment - Career Readiness Updates, OAA/ACT Office Hours -Dec. 10, Site Readiness for ACT Online Testing Option
  • Special Email - 12/10/2020 - Topic: December 10 DAC Webcast
  • Monday Email - 12/14/2020 - Topics: School Configurations and N-Count Analysis Summary, ACT: Request Accommodations and Supports, ACT Q&A Sessions, DAC Webcast Recording, EOC Window 1 Shipping Deadline, WIDA ELD Standards Framework, WIDA eSummit Session Recordings and Resources
  • Monday Email - 12/21/2020 - Topic: Holiday Greetings from OAA
  • Monday Email - 12/28 - Canceled

November 2020

  • Monday Email - 11/2/2020 - Topics: Status of Regulatory Data Review Period, ACT Accommodations Training, ACT PAN Opening, ACT Spring 2021 Administration Training, Alternate Assessment Students Mark Blind/VI in IEP, Assessment Scores in IC, Nov. ACCESS or ELLs Q&A Webinars, TAA Opening in ACT Success
  • Special Email – 11/6/2020 – Topic: Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) Special Meeting
  • Monday Email – 11/9/2020 – Topics: Kentucky's Accountability System Materials Presented to KBE, ACCESS for ELLs Online Supported System Requirements, ACT Spring 2021 Training Materials, DAC Monthly Webcast, EOC Ordering Deadline, WIDA ELD Standards, New Resources
  • Special Email – 11/10/2020 – Topic: High School Feedback Reports Released in KYSTATS
  • Special Email – 11/12/2020 – Topic: November DAC Monthly Webcast
  • Monday Email - 11/16/2020 - Topics: EOC Window 1 Materials, Nov. DAC Webcast, Deadline to Select ACT Test Date, EOC Electronic Answer Document Training, Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs Q&A Webinar, OAA/ACT Office Hours, OAA/ACT Training, WIDA Facilitator Toolkit Updates, WIDA Screener for Kindergarten, WIDA eWorkshops
  • Monday Email - 11/23/2020 - Topics: Supplemental Data Released in Open House, Deadline to Select an ACT Test Date, DRC Planned Outage, Alternate Assessment Instructional Supports, WIDA Social Media Followers
  • Monday Email - 11/30/2020 - Topics: New School Report Card Functions, EOC Exams for Early Graduate Pathway, OAA/ACT Office Hours, Alternate Assessment Resource Guide, ACCESS for ELLs Q&A Webinars, New Allow List URLs for ACCESS for ELLs Online and WIDA Screener Online

October 2020

  • Monday Email - 10/5/2020 - Topics:  Ordering ACT Materials, 2020-2021 Dropout Guidelines, ACT-Returning Oct. 6 Materials, ACT-Spring 2020 Reports in PAN, ACT Spring 2021 Administration-KDE Policy Training, School Report Card (SRC) Public Release, Alternate Assessment Career Readiness, Bulletin on Translanguaging, ACCESS for ELLs Q&A Webinars, AP, IB and WIDA Scores Published in IC, 2019-2020 Make-up Testing CTE EOP Assessments, 2020 Pilot CTE EOP Assessments, WIDA eSummit New Session, Scott Trimble Workshop
  • Special Email - 10/8/2020 - Topic: Oct. DAC Webcast
  • Special Email - 10/9/2020  Topic: Assessment Data Release to Districts
  • Monday Email - 10/12/2020 - Topics: Long-Term Goals and Measures of Interim Progress, ACT: Materials Arrrival and Training Opportunity, Data Review Following Public Release, Oct. DAC Webcast Recording, Scott Trimble Workshop, WIDA eSummit
  • Special Email - 10/14/2020 - Topics: Embargo Lifted on Public Release of School Assessment Data, Correction to Registration Link for Virtual Scott Trimble Workshop
  • Monday Email - 10/19/2020 - Topics: Applications for Science Standards and Assessment Blueprint Review Committee and Advisory Panel, Returning ACT Materials, ACT Training Opportunity, Virtual Scott Trimble Workshop
  • Monday Email - 10/26/2020 - Topics: ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS Ordering Materials Window Closing, Alternate K-PREP Combined Overview-AT Training and Quiz, WIDA and DRC Customer Service Hours, WIDA ELD Standards eSummit Resources 
  • Special Email - 10/27/2020 - Topic: Scorable Practice Tests and Rubrics Released

September 2020

  • Monday Email - 9/8/2020 - 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 - 9/10/2020 - Topic: Sept. DAC Webcast
  • Monday Email - 9/14/2020 - Topics: New Reporting Testing Allegations App, ACT Sept. 22 Test Day, Quality Control Review, Updated WIDA Parent/Guardian Resources, WIDA eSummit Spotlight, WIDA Q&A Webinars, WIDA eWorkshops
  • Special Email - 9/15/2020 - Topic: Quality Control (QC) Review Open
  • Monday Email - 9/21/2020 - Topics: Returning ACT Materials, ACT Assessment Score in IC, Comprehensive Balanced System of Assessment Module, Order ACT Materials to Makeup Test, QC Review Closes, Verify ACT Student Enrollment Deadline, WIDA eSummit Spotlight: Teaching Multilingual Learners, WIDA on Instagram, WIDA Q&A Webinars
  • Monday Email - 9/28/2020 - Topics: School Report Card Release, ACCESS Technology Webinars for Technology Coordinators, ACT Materials Pickup, ACT Materials Arrival, ACT Order Window, DAC Calendar, Preparing Students for ACCESS for ELLs, TAR Administration Guide, TAR Training and Quiz, WIDA eSummit Spotlight, WIDA eSummit Questions

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

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