Assessment (2018-19)
State Release of Assessment Results

Kentucky’s newly redesigned accountability system has students at its center—ensuring they are well-rounded, transition ready, prepared with the knowledge, skills, and essential dispositions to successfully pursue the pathway of their choice after graduating from high school, with an emphasis in providing students with opportunities in career and technical education. Additionally, the system moves away from a culture of competition among schools and districts, and away from a mentality of compliance in favor of a mindset that promotes continuous improvement.

The new system includes an intentional focus on improving low-performing students and closing the achievement gap between student groups. This promotes increased efforts at providing needed supports and rich learning experiences to historically overlooked, under-performing student groups such as minority ethnicities, students with disabilities, and English Learners.  All indicators in the accountability system will be disaggregated and reported by student group if the group size is ten or above.

The system uses multiple academic and school quality measures, not a single test or indicator. An overall rating for each school and district will be determined by setting standards for low to high performance on seven indicators. Additional information will be publicly reported to provide a more complete (with academic and non-academic indicators) and transparent picture of education in Kentucky.

Our accountability system, aligned to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), has students at its center—ensuring that they are well-rounded, transition ready, and prepared with the knowledge, skills, and essential dispositions to successfully pursue the pathway of their choice after graduating from high school. The indicators of the multi-dimensional system work together to support several important concepts that promote a valuable educational experience for all Kentucky’s students.  The goals of the system included,

  • Stimulate higher levels of student learning and achievement;
  • Reduce achievement gaps and ensure equity;
  • Emphasize opportunity and access for students to receive a quality education;
  • Build a culture of high expectations and continuous improvement; and
  • Communicate a clear and honest understanding of the strengths and opportunities for improvement in Kentucky’s schools and districts.

Rather than relying just on traditional measures of only test scores, the innovative system incorporates more than test scores.  The indicators include Proficiency, Separate Academic Indicator, Growth, Transition Readiness, Achievement Gap Closure, Opportunity and Access and Graduation Rate.

Accountability Standard Setting Final Report presented to the Kentucky Board of Education

"Kentucky Department of Education." : Accountability. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2018.

2017-18 Transition Year

The 2017-18 school year will be a transition year in testing for all public schools in Kentucky. The new accountability model will align with Senate Bill 1 (SB1) and should be finalized in the spring of 2018. As a result, for the current year we will be using the previous accountability model: Unbridled Learning: College/Career Readiness for All.

In this model, students take the Kentucky Performance for Educational Rating Progress (K-PREP) assessments which measure student learning in grades 3-8 in reading, math, science, social studies and writing, and grade 11 for on-demand writing (see Proposed 2017-18 Testing Plan below). Also, high school students enrolled in the following courses: Algebra II, Biology, and English II will take end-of-course exams. During the 2017-18 year, these end-of-course exams will be field tested and will not generate student performance scores. In addition, juniors will take the ACT.

The public reporting of testing data for the 2017-18 school year will focus on student level data, so schools will NOT receive:
  1. An overall score (combining Next Generation Learners and Program Review components)
  2. Component scores (Learners and Program Review individually)
  3. Classifications or Labels (State: Needs Improvement, Proficient, Distinguished; Federal: Focus, Priority, Distinction, High Performing, High Progress)

 Schools, districts and the state WILL receive:

  1. Data for the components of Achievement, Gap, Growth (elementary and middle), College and Career Readiness and Graduation Rate
  2. 2017-18 Program Review scores, if submitted for schools or districts

 The K-PREP tests will be administered in a five day consecutive window within the last fourteen days of the school year.

2017-18 Testing Plan
  1. For elementary and middle schools:
    1. Continue current assessments, based on Kentucky standards, in Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies and On-Demand Writing at grades 5 and 8 (see Proposed Testing Plan below);
    2. Use a new operational science assessment at grades 4 and 7; and
    3. Eliminate the norm-referenced test session in all 3-8 Reading, Mathematics and Social Studies assessments.
  2. For high schools:
    1. Develop, with Kentucky teachers, end-of-course field tests in English II, Algebra II, and Biology based on Kentucky standards. U.S. History will be developed when Social Studies standards are revised. Note: Field tests will not generate student performance levels.
    2. Continue the assessment of On-Demand Writing at grade 11.
    3. Discontinue the use of ACT WorkKeys as a measure of Transition Readiness.  
    4. Industry-recognized certifications are a focus of SB1 and proposed to be an indicator of technical readiness in the new accountability model under Transition Readiness. KDE will publish a list of industry-recognized certifications, licensures and credentials following approval by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board. Industry certifications continue to be one measure of technical skill attainment for federal Perkins accountability.
    5. KOSSA is proposed to be an indicator of technical readiness in the new accountability model under Transition Readiness. Preparatory students in a career and technical education pathway will have the option of taking a KOSSA that is aligned to appropriate pathways. The appropriate assessments will be identified in June on the Valid Industry Certification List. Where available, students may also earn articulated dual credit in accordance with agreements with post-secondary institutions ( KOSSA continues to be one measure of technical skill attainment for federal Perkins accountability. 
    6. KYOTE reading, writing and mathematics tests are not currently listed as measures for demonstrating academic readiness under Transition Readiness, so DHS will not be administering these assessments.  
    7. Kentucky will be releasing, in summer 2017, a bid for a college readiness assessment to be administered twice at high school (grades 10 and 11). A current contract for ACT at grade 11 is in place for spring 2018.
State Assessment: District and School Report Card

School Board Presentation Fall 2017

2018-19 Testing Plan for Elementary, Middle and High School

2018 K-PREP Testing Format Items and Times