Kentucky Alternate Assessment Participation Waiver
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to ensure that the total number of students assessed in each subject, using the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD), does not exceed 1.0% of the total number of all students in the state who took Kentucky’s alternate assessment. States who anticipate they will exceed 1.0% in alternate assessment participation must submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) 90 days before the beginning of the alternate assessment testing window.
Kentucky’s alternate assessment participation rates for each subject are included in the waivers below. Kentucky submitted a waiver extension request to the U.S. Department of Education on August 7, 2018. Kentucky received approval for the waiver on January 31, 2019.
District Alternate Assessment Participation Justification
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires annually each district to submit a justification when it anticipates testing more than 1.0% of students using the Alternate Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP). Each school year, districts will be required to submit a justification form if the district has over 1.0% of the student population participating in the Alternate K-PREP.
The following forms are for district use only. ESSA requires states to publicly post district justifications annually. Kentucky’s district justifications for alternate assessment participation for 2017-2018 are available below. Justifications for 2018-2019 will be submitted between February 11, 2019 and February 28, 2019. Results of the survey will be posted in April 2019.
2018-2019 District Alternate Assessment Participation Justification Summary (will be available April 2019)
Kentucky Participation for Alternate Assessment Guidance and Trainings
The KDE, in collaboration with the Alternate Assessment and Diploma Advisory Group (AADAG) and regional special education cooperatives, developed a plan for extensive statewide training, coaching, and support. This training plan is known as the Participation for Alternate Assessment (P4AA) Project. The project included designing and improving guidance and training resources regarding alternate assessment participation.
Guidance and Resources
Guidance for ARCs on Participation Decisions for the Kentucky Alternate Assessment 2018 (coming soon)
Office of Special Education and Early Learning
Division of IDEA Monitoring and Results
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
Fax (502) 564-6470