Middle School

MAP--Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) – These computerized tests are adaptive and offered in Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics. When taking a MAP® test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level.

MAP® for Primary Grades – These computerized tests include Screening (diagnostic) tests, Skills Checklist (diagnostic) tests, and Survey w/Goals (adaptive tests in Reading and mathematics. These assessments:

  • Provide teachers with an efficient way to assess achievement levels of early learners so they can spend more time teaching and less time administering individual diagnostic tests.
  • Provide information to guide instruction during the early stages of a student’s academic career. Early learners enter school with a wide variety of educational experiences. Early identification of achievement levels is foundational for teachers establishing an environment for early academic success.
  • Identify the needs of all primary grades students, from struggling to advanced learners.
  • Utilize engaging test items that encourage student participation for more accurate results.
  • NWEA provides a parent toolkit. This toolkit can be accessed from the below website. The toolkit contains tips for parents to help their child with testing, reading, language, and math.

 Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). (2015). Parent Toolkit: A Guide to NWEA Assessments. Retrieved March 10, 2015 from http://www.nwea.org/support/article/930/parent-toolkit   

"Parent Toolkit." Parent Toolkit. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

EXPLORE (Discontinued in 2015-16)

​The ACT Explore program is a curriculum-based assessment program designed to help 8th grade students gain an understanding of their academic development in terms of preparation for college, make the most of their opportunities in high school and beyond, and guide them as they start thinking about future educational and career planning.

ACT Explore assesses academic progress, provides an early indicator of college readiness, helps students understand and begin to explore the wide range of career options open to them, and assist them in developing a high school coursework plan that prepares them to achieve their post-high school goals.
All students enrolled in a Kentucky public school in grade 8, except those enrolled in the Alternate Assessment program, should complete the EXPLORE assessment.
September (Cancelled)
Additional materials from ACT: EXPLORE Resources for Educators 

"Kentucky Department of Education." : ACT Explore. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2015.

K-PREP--Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress
Grades 3-8, 10, 11(Required by state)
Subjects: Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Writing
Window: During last 14 instructional days of the school’s calendar

​The assessment for grades 3-8 is a blended model built with norm-referenced test (NRT) and criterion-referenced test (CRT) items which consist of multiple-choice (mc), extended-response (er) and short answer (sa) items. The NRT is a purchased test with national norms and the CRT portion is customized for Kentucky.

 "Kentucky Department of Education." : K-PREP. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2015.


To meet No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Title III requirements, states are mandated to identify and annually administer a standards-based English language proficiency test to all English Language Learners (ELLs) in grades K-12. 

In order to comply with the NCLB requirement of an annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for ELLs, Kentucky joined the World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium in 2006. The WIDA Consortium’s goal is to provide research based assessments, standards and professional development to its member states. 

WIDA provides Kentucky with a placement test called the W-APT (WIDA ACCESS Placement Test) as well as the annual English Proficiency Assessment of ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State) for ELLs.

This is an English language assessment tied to the state’s language proficiency standards with varying stages of second language acquisition. It contains social and academic language contexts. For Title III accountability, ACCESS for ELLs measures annual gains in English language proficiency-Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs).