Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), enacted in the 2009 Kentucky General Assembly, required a new public school assessment program beginning in the 2011-12 school year. These assessments were collectively named the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests.

What is K-PREP?

K-PREP is the statewide assessment for grades 3-8.  It 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.

When are state tests given?

K-PREP tests are administered in the last 14 days of the school year, which means they may be given at different times in different districts. On-demand writing assessments are  administered in the spring of the year for all grade levels.

When will results be available?

Test results will be available near the beginning of the next school year and reported to parents. Parents will receive an individual report on the achievement of their child compared to school, state and national results, including information that identifies strengths and academic deficiencies.

What are Norm and Criterion referenced tests?

Criterion-Referenced Test is a test that determines how well a student has learned a particular set of knowledge and skills, or standards.  Norm-Referenced Test is a test that allows comparisons of a student’s performance to the performance of other students.

What will my student be tested on?

The chart below shows what content areas are assessed with K-PREP by grade level.  Writing is assessed in two different areas, (1) below represents editing and mechanics while (2) represents editing and mechanics/on-demand.


Will my special needs child be tested?

Yes. Students identified with educational disabilities are assessed. Some students with disabilities will take the

assessment without accommodations, some with accommodations and some through an Alternate Assessment process.

What is the Alternate K-PREP?

The Alternate K-PREP serves 1% of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. These disabilities may require an alternate means of participation in Kentucky’s statewide assessment to demonstrate achievement. The Alternate Assessment is designed to address the needs of the students by allowing greater depth of adaptations, modifications and alternative modes of participation.

Can accommodations be used?

For students with disabilities, most accommodations included on a student’s current IEP, 504 Plan or Program Services Plan are permissible. However, these accommodations must have been u sed regularly in instruction and assessment during the school year.