Jenny Sweet, District Assessment Coordinator
Beginning in 1990, Kentucky chose to have an all-inclusive assessment and accountability system by having all Kentucky public school students participate in annual testing with the results of those assessments included in the state’s accountability system for schools and districts.
Kentucky tests students on various subjects beginning in grade 3. See a list of the mandatory tests at each grade level, as well as the tests which are administered to select students. On average, administering Kentucky’s state-level assessments take less than one percent (1%) of the total instructional time in a given school year.
Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress
Grades 3-8, 10, 11
Subjects: Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Writing
Window: During last 14 instructional days of the school’s calendar
Tested upon completion of high school credit for Algebra II, Biology, English 10 and U.S. History.
ACCESS for ELLs
Language Proficiency assessment for students who are English Learners (EL)
Window: January 1 – Mid-February
These tests are optional for the state accountability system, but students on a career pathway may be required to participate in one or more of these assessments due to local policy.
Meet benchmarks set by the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) to demonstrate college readiness.
Assessment Resource Links
ACT QualityCore/End of Course http://www.act.org/stateservices/kentucky/index.html
ACT Student Site http://www.actstudent.org/
ACT Work Keys http://www.act.org/products/workforce-act-workkeys/