All Kentucky public school students participate in annual testing with the results of the assessments entering in the state’s accountability system for schools and districts.
Senate Bill 1 (2017) calls for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to implement a state assessment and accountability system created under KRS 158.6453, and to establish a consistent structure of test components, grade-level testing distribution and test administration procedures. That state-required assessment is named the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) test.
NCS Pearson was awarded the contract to provide all assessments for grades 3-8, 10 and 11. NCS Pearson currently provides large-scale assessment services in more than 25 states and for the U.S. Education Department.
K-PREP is a criterion-referenced test developed specifically to measure the Kentucky Academic Standards. Student performance levels (novice, apprentice, proficient and distinguished) are used to describe how well students perform to Kentucky-specific standards.
K-PREP provides content area assessments such as reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing at all grade levels or grade bands. Kentucky is in the process of transitioning assessments for paper-based testing to online administrations. Both operational and field testing will occur in 2019-2020.