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Assessment Overview


State and District Assessments

2017-2018

Areas highlighted are proposed changes for 17-18 and Beyond, but are not yet approved by Kentucky Board of Education

Preschool

AEPS

Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System

State-required, programmatic, Criterion- referenced based system used to determine child’s present level of performance in the following six developmental areas: fine motor, gross motor, adaptive, cognitive, social- communication, and social. 

Fall/winter/spring

All Preschool students

 

Elementary

Brigance III

State-required common kindergarten entry screener.  Provides assessment information in five developmental areas: 1. Academic/cognitive 2. Language 3. Physical 4. Self-help 5. Social emotional

15 days prior to start of school and no longer than the 30th day

All incoming K. students

MAP Growth

Measures of Academic Progress

District, computer-based assessment that is adaptive to each student’s learning level.  Measure individual progress and growth on skills in reading, math and language.

Fall/winter/spring

K-8 reading, math, language

(may vary between schools)

DRA or Fountas and Pinnell

Developmental Reading Assessment

School based, diagnostic reading assessment administered by teacher or interventionist.  It allows the teacher to systematically observe, record and evaluate students’ reading behaviors and performance in three areas: engagement, fluency, comprehension

Two –three times a year

K-5

(varies between schools)

CogAT

Cognitive Abilities Test

State-required, administered aptitude test used to screen students who may potentially be candidate for gifted and talented.  It also provides information on a student’s ability to reason and problem solve in three areas: verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal.

March

All 3rd graders

ACCESS

State, federally required online assessment used to monitor student’s progress towards English language proficiency standards in four domains: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

January

English Learners (EL)

WIDA Online Screener for English Learners

 

K-WAPT (kindergarten only)

State, federally required online screener used for students who register and mark anything other than English on the Home Language Survey.  The screener provides information whether the student needs EL services.

30 days from the beginning of school or 2 weeks once enrolled.

1st – 12th grade Potential English Learners (EL)

 

Kindergarten

KPREP

Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress

State-required, criterion referenced test (CRT items consisting of multiple choice, extended – response and short answer items in designated content areas.

5-day window within the last 14 school days of the year.

3rd – reading/ math

4th: reading/ math/ science

5th: reading/ math/ writing/ social studies/ editing and Mechanics (field test)

Alternate KPREP

State-required, teacher administered alternate assessment program that provides schools with a valid and reliable means of assessing the instruction provided to students with moderate and significant cognitive disabilities.  Alternate KPREP is based on two components: Attainment Tasks and Transition Attainment Record.

Window 1: November

Window 2: May

(Content areas same as above)

 

Decision made by Admissions and Release Committee (ARC)

Middle School

MAP Growth

Measures of Academic Progress

District, computer-based assessment that is adaptive to each student’s learning level.  Measure individual progress and growth on skills in reading, math and language.

Fall/winter/spring

All Students

CogAT

Cognitive Abilities Test

State-required, administered aptitude test used to screen students who may potentially be candidate for gifted and talented.  It also provides information on a student’s ability to reason and problem solve in three areas: verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal.

March

All 6th graders

ACCESS

State, federally required online assessment used to monitor student’s progress towards English language proficiency standards in four domains: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

January

English Learners (EL)

WIDA Online Screener for English Learners

State, federally required online screener used for students who register and mark anything other than English on the Home Language Survey.  The screener provides information whether the student needs EL services.

30 days from the beginning of school or 2 weeks once enrolled.

Potential English Learners (EL)

KPREP

Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress

State-required, criterion referenced test (CRT items consisting of multiple choice, extended – response and short answer items in designated content areas.

5-day window within the last 14 school days of the year.

6th  – reading/ math

7th : reading/ math/ science

8th : reading/ math/ writing/ social studies/ editing and Mechanics (field test)

Alternate KPREP

State-required, teacher administered alternate assessment program that provides schools with a valid and reliable means of assessing the instruction provided to students with moderate and significant cognitive disabilities.  Alternate KPREP is based on two components: Attainment Tasks and Transition Attainment Record.

Window 1: November

Window 2: May

(Content areas same as above)

 

Decision made by Admissions and Release Committee (ARC)

High School

CERT

College Equipped Readiness Tool

School Selected, online assessment tool that provides information on students’ progress toward college and career standards. It is aligned to ACT format and provides remedial instruction when necessary.

Fall/Spring

All students in 9th and 10th, 11th grades.

 

 12th graders who did not meet ACT benchmark.

ACCESS

State, federally required online assessment used to monitor student’s progress towards English language proficiency standards in four domains: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

January- February

English Learners (EL)

WIDA Online Screener for English Learners

State, federally required online screener used for students who register and mark anything other than English on the Home Language Survey.  The screener provides information whether the student needs EL services.

30 days from the beginning of school or 2 weeks once enrolled.

Potential English Learners (EL)

KPREP

Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress

State-required, criterion referenced test (CRT items consisting of multiple choice, extended – response and short answer items in designated content areas.

5-day window within the last 14 school days of the year.

11th: Writing/Editing and Mechanics (field test)

Alternate KPREP

State-required, teacher administered alternate assessment program that provides schools with a valid and reliable means of assessing the instruction provided to students with moderate and significant cognitive disabilities.  Alternate KPREP is based on two components: Attainment Tasks and Transition Attainment Record.

Window 1: November

Window 2: May

(Content areas same as above)

 

Decision made by Admissions and Release Committee (ARC)

EOC*

End of Course

 

*the state is in the process of making the assessments.  They hope to administer the field test in the spring.

 

Kentucky is no longer using a testing company to develop EOC’s.  Instead teachers from across the state are in the process of creating the assessments for Biology, Algebra II, and English II to be piloted Spring of 2018. 

 Students will NOT take a U.S. History EOC this year.  U.S. History will be piloted the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Since these assessments are not yet created, Franklin County teachers will create their own final exam for the above-mentioned classes.  It will count as 20% of their grade.   In the spring, students will take the field test for the 3 new EOCs.

10 days designated by the school at the end of the semester.

Middle and High school students completing the course

AP

Advanced Placement

District offered, College Board AP tests are part of a rigorous academic program aimed at preparing high school students for college level work. Students take college-level courses and/or their corresponding exams in an effort to earn college credit while still in high school. AP exams consist of multiple choice questions and written response.  

Beginning 17-18 school year, a score of 3+ on 2 or more AP courses  will be one option for Academic Readiness*.

May

Student choice

ACT

State-required test to gain information about students’ academic readiness for postsecondary education. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. The tests emphasize reasoning, analysis, problem solving, and the integration of learning from various sources, as well as the application of these proficiencies to the kinds of tasks college students are expected to perform.

March

All Juniors for 2018

 

Kentucky is currently in the bidding process for a College Admissions assessment. In 2018-2019, both 10th and 11th grade will be required to take a college admission assessment.

KYOTE

Kentucky Online Testing Exam

State-required testing system providing free online placement exams that measure preparedness for college level learning in mathematics, reading and writing.

Kentucky high school seniors who have not met ACT benchmarks in mathematics (22), reading (22) or English (18) should take the college readiness exams. Students who meet the benchmarks are considered college ready in that subject area by the KDE and are guaranteed placement into a credit-bearing course in that area without the need for remediation at any public college or university in Kentucky.

Dates vary

KY high school seniors who have not met ACT benchmarks in reading, math or English

KOSSA

KY Occupational Skills Standards Assessment

 

 

ACT WorkKeys

 

Two different state assessments that can be administered to students to meet career ready technical portion of Transition Readiness (formally College and Career Ready). Both tests are aligned to CTE Career Pathways.

February

High school students

ASVAB

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery

 

This multiple-choice assessment is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing command, used to determine qualification for enlistment into the U.S. Armed Forces.  In order to be Transition Ready in the Military component you must also enlist.

Spring

Students who choose the Military Ready pathway.

 

New State Science Assessment System—2018

The Kentucky Department of Education the first year of the new state science assessment system being a part of accountability. It encompasses a three-tiered approach to assessment:

1. Classroom Embedded Assessments (CEAs) developed and implemented at each grade level by classroom teachers. These are common formative assessments used to inform science instruction on an ongoing basis. CEA’s are part of effective teaching and learning and so they occur at every grade level and as a part of every science course offered.

2. Through Course Tasks (TCTs) will be given at every grade level and as a part of every science course. These tasks are not connected to science content, but are used to gather evidence of students’ understanding of the science and engineering practices. These tasks will be facilitated by the classroom teacher and analyzed by grade level teams to inform instruction. This year, teachers will be required to give 2-3 TCT’s from the KDE provided TCT bank.

3. The State Summative Assessment (SSA) will be given in Grades 4, 7, and 11. The assessment will be based around a storyline in which all the questions will be connected as a sense-making experience around science phenomena. This year the assessment window for the State Summative Assessment (SSA) is the same as the KPREP assessment.

*Transition Readiness

The transition Readiness indicator captures high school students who are ready to transition to post-secondary area of student choice by earning a high school diploma, having essential work ethic skills, and demonstrating readiness to transition to an academic, technical or military pursuit after high school. 

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