COVID-19 Updates and Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: What impact will COVID-19 have on the end-of-program (EOP) assessment window?
A: 2020-2021 CTE EOP Assessment Administration and Testing Window Updates
The 2020-2021 Career and Technical (CTE) End-of-Program (EOP) Assessment administration will be available in-person following Healthy at Work / Healthy at School guidance and proctored in-person pursuant to the 703 KAR 5:080, Administration Code for Kentucky's Educational Assessment Program and 703 KAR 5:070, Inclusion of Special Populations in the State-Required Assessment and Accountability Programs. At this time, accountability is still being required by United States Department of Education (USED), if updates become available that information will be shared.
The 2020-2021 CTE EOP Assessment Testing Window is March 22 – April 30. Students' status must be identified as a concentrator in their career pathway(s) in the Technical Education Database System (TEDS) by March 1, 2020. A concentrator is defined as a student that has completed 2 courses in a single program of study (career pathway). In Kentucky, a course is defined as 1 credit on the student's official transcript. During 2020-2021, ONLY seniors and early graduates will be eligible to sit for the CTE EOP Assessment. Assessment results will be released after the testing window closes.
Q2: What is the status of the Career Ready Alternate Assessment Folder (CRAAF), the Employability Skills Attainment Record (ESAR), and the Career Work Experience Certification (CWEC)?
A: 2020-2021 UPDATES: Districts and schools should continue to maintain supporting evidence for ESAR and CWEC in the CRAAF. Refer to the Working with Exceptional Children in CTE web page on the KDE website for additional resources, including ESAR and CWEC Administration Guides, District CWEC Checklist and Work Based Learning for CWEC during COVID. The ESAR and CWEC career readiness trainings and quizzes opened in November. Please visit the Kentucky Alternate Assessment Program (KAAP) website for access to trainings and quizzes. The Career Readiness Database (CRD) is scheduled to officially open Feb. 15, 2021. The CRD is used for score entry for the ESAR and status of completion or attainment entry for the CWEC.
Other Resources and Information
District Assessment Coordinators Communications
OCTEST distributes critical CTE Assessment (End-of-Program (EOP), Skilled Traded TRACK Assessment) information via the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) DAC Communications through the Office of Assessment and Accountability (OAA). Refer to DAC Communications regularly for the latest updates.
Career and Technical Education End-of-Program (CTE EOP) Assessment for Articulated Credit is one measure of career readiness as a transition readiness indicator for Kentucky’s accountability system. CTE EOP Assessments are state developed assessments based upon clear and concise standards identified by Kentucky employers, aligned with CTE career pathways and associated with statewide articulation agreements with postsecondary partners.
The CTE EOP Assessment testing window for 2020-2021 is March 22 - April 30. Schools MUST meet CRITICAL DEADLINES in order for students to test.
2020-21 CTE End-of-Program (CTE EOP) Assessment Coordinator and Test Administrator Manuals
This manual describes procedures that district and school CTE EOP Assessment coordinators must follow before, during and after administration of the assessment.
Part I provides detailed information on the responsibilities of the CTE EOP Assessment coordinator.
Part II provides information needed by individuals involved in the administration and proctoring of CTE EOP Assessment.
Assessment Regulations Training
All individuals participating in the administration of CTE EOP Assessment shall comply with the Administration Code for Kentucky's Educational Assessment Program and Inclusion of Special Populations. Required trainings must be completed prior to the administration of CTE EOP Assessment at the local level. Nondisclosures and Group Signature Sheets verifying training should be kept on file locally.
The Division of Support and Research has created a number of forms that can be downloaded for use by schools and districts in implementing the state's Assessment and Accountability Program.
KDE Calculator Policy
Office of Assessment and Accountability Calculator Use Policy for State Testing.
CTE EOP Online IT Requirements
CTE EOP Assessment is administered through Technological Fluency Institute, Inc. (TFI) online assessment system, E-SESS. Please review the technical specifications provided by TFI and KDE to ensure a smooth testing experience. DACs, BAC, and Principals should communicate with Building and District Technology Coordinators to confirm all guidelines in the CTE EOP Online IT Requirements document are addressed prior to local administration of the test.
CTE EOP Online Sample Test
The CTE EOP Online Sample Test allows students to practice using the online testing environment and become familiar with test format. Prior to testing, the online sample test should be run on every device that will be used for live testing to ensure local system performance. The online sample test can be accessed using the following login information:
Organization Name: KYEOP
First Name: Sample
Last Name: Sample
CTE EOP Sample Test and Answer Key
CTE EOP Sample Test and Answer Key is available as a resource for academic and employability sample questions. However, the purpose of the CTE EOP Online Sample Test is to practice using the online testing environment to become familiar with test format and to run on each device that will be used for live testing to ensure local system performance.
A seating chart must be completed for each testing room and kept on file locally. Be certain the room configuration matches that of the testing site.
Testing Allegation Reporting
CTE EOP Assessment allegations are to be submitted as they are for other state assessments. Refer to testing allegations reporting guidelines provided by the Office of Standards, Assessment and Accountability.
Review of Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards (KOSSA)
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) contracted with Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) to conduct a comprehensive review of the Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards Assessment (KOSSA) system. The purpose of this review was to evaluate the quality of the KOSSA test items, as well as the quality of the KOSSA test forms. Additionally, the review was to explore options for moving KOSSA to a model that would allow for more accurate year-to-year comparisons. Finally, we were tasked to develop a draft validity argument framework, an organized list of evidence to support the validity of KOSSA’s scores and uses of those scores, to allow KDE to determine how best to support KOSSA and its mission.