Pursuant to Senate Bill 1, 2021 Extraordinary Session, districts are required to submit their current COVID-19 School Operations Plan and any subsequent drafts to KDE for informational purposes.
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K-PREP Archive

Published: 5/5/2022 1:54 PM


The U.S. Department of Education (USED) requires states to administer statewide assessments for the 2020-2021 school year. Instead of canceling the test, USED advised states to pursue other assessment flexibilities, including administering a shortened version of the statewide assessment, which the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has prepared for in anticipation of the USED decision.

On Feb. 15, KDE released two COVID-19 guidance documents to assist districts in preparing to administer spring testing.

The "COVID-19 Participation in Spring 2021 Kentucky State Testing" guidance document describes federal and state expectations, the rationale for testing and the tentative 2020-2021 testing plan.

The department's spring 2021 testing plan currently includes flexible test windows, a reduction in the time for assessment administration, where possible, and an option to bring in small groups of full-time virtual students for an in-person assessment. All in-person test administrations should follow the "KDE COVID-19 Guidance" and the most current health guidance at the time of testing.

KDE also released "Kentucky Summative Assessment Administration Guidance 2020-2021 School Year," which provides specific guidelines for test administration, test accommodations, safety expectations and staff training for state test administration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) is the annual summative assessment given in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 to Kentucky public school students. K-PREP provides content area assessments, such as reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing, at all grade levels or grade bands.

K-PREP is a criterion-referenced test developed specifically to measure the Kentucky Academic Standards. Student performance levels (novice, apprentice, proficient and distinguished) are used to describe how well students perform to Kentucky-specific standards.


Important Resources for Spring 2020-2021 Testing

2020-2021 K-Prep Cut Scores Information

​Please contact dacinfo@education.ky.gov​ for previous years cut scores. 

2020-2021 Kentucky Academic Standards

Please visit KYstandards.org to find the adopted Kentucky Academic Standards for reading, mathematics, science, social studies, editing and mechanics, and writing.

KAS 2018-2019 Standards

Social Studies

Item Review Resources 


Performance Level Descriptors

K-PREP Math Reference Sheets


Scoring Guides

Short Answer Response Space

Extended Response Answer Space

On-Demand Writing (ODW) Rubrics and Writer's Reference Sheets

Note: While the online practice tests represent items that correspond to the new KAS for Reading and Writing, the 2021 on-demand writing assessment will more closely correspond to previous on-demand writing assessments. To support the previous format, on-demand writing resources from previous assessments, including rubrics, will be utilized on the 2020-2021 spring assessment.

KAS Writer's Reference Sheets 

KAS Rubrics

2020-2021 Testing Window

School Districts​ testing windows will occur in the last 14 instructional days of their school calendar. Please contact the local school district for more information. 

Online Testing Information

2020-2021 Resources will be available as developed. Look for updates frequently on this page.

​In an effort to reduce testing allegations, OAA has provided districts and schools with the Accommodated Bookmarks, which offer a quick reference sheet for the do’s and don’ts when providing testing accommodations.



TestNAV Training

Creating Test Sessions in PAN

Seal Codes for Online Testing

Do not change the margins or font size on the templates.

Extended Response

Short Answer

OnDemand Writing

Science Grades 4, 7 & 11

Google Docs Guidelines


K-PREP Sample/Released Items

School Report Card Suite

Assessment and Accountability Resources


DAC Monday Emails

DAC Trainings and Webcasts

Alternate Assessment Information

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