Kentucky Occupational Skills Standards Assessment (KOSSA)

Kentucky Occupational Skills Standards Assessment (KOSSA)

Published: 4/18/2018 8:14 AM
KOSSA is one of two measures that can be given to students to meet the career ready technical portion of college and career readiness. KOSSA tests are aligned to CTE Career Pathways. 
This manual describes procedures that district and school KOSSA test coordinators must follow before, during and after administration of the KOSSA.

Part I provides detailed information on the responsibilities of the KOSSA Test Coordinator.

Part II provides information needed by individuals involved in the administration and proctoring of KOSSA.
Assessment Regulations Training
All individuals participating in the administration of KOSSA 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 KOSSA at the local level. Nondisclosures and Group Signature Sheets verifying training should be kept on file.
Critical Deadlines
The KOSSA testing window is February 1 – March 31 of the current school year. Schools must meet CRITICAL DEADLINES in order for students to test.
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.
KOSSA Online IT Requirements
KOSSA is being administered through TFI online assessment system and is delivered by the E-SESS engine. Please review the technical specifications provided by TFI and KDE to ensure a smooth testing experience.  DACs, BACs, and Principals should communicate with Building and District Technology Coordinators to confirm all guidelines in this document are addressed prior to local administration of the test.
KOSSA Online Sample Test
The KOSSA 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: KOSSA
        First Name:             Sample
        Last Name:             Sample
        Password:               Sample
KOSSA Sample Test and Answer Key is available as a resource for academic and employability sample questions. However, the purpose of the KOSSA 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. 

Seating Charts
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.

Sherri Craig
Office of Career and Technical Education
Division of College and Career Readiness
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4286
Fax (502) 564-4800
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