Assessment (2017-18)
State Release of Assessment Results

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 (http://education.ky.gov/CTE/cter/Pages/ArtAgree.aspx). 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

Proposed 2017-18 Testing Plan for Elementary, Middle and High School

2017 K-PREP Testing Format Items and Times 2016_11_02.pdf