Published: 12/5/2023 11:12 AM

​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. On average, administering Kentucky’s state-level assessments take less than one percent (1%) of the total instructional time in a given school year.

The Kentucky Alternate Assessment Program was developed for students with moderate to significant cognitive disabilities (less than 1% of the total student population) for whom traditional assessments would be an inappropriate measure of progress. The Alternate Assessment Program mirrors the other state assessments.

Information on each state assessment, required or optional, is available through the links below and on the navigation panel on the left-hand side of the page.

Assessment Resources:


Kentucky Summative Assessment 
Grades 3-8, 10, 11
Subjects: Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Writing (on-demand and editing and mechanics)

Alternate KSA​


Grades 3-8, 10, 11

Subjects: Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Writing (on-demand and editing and mechanics)​​


Grade 11 and 12 (opportunity)​



Grades K through 12
Language Proficiency assessment for students who are English Learners (EL)

Common Kindergarten Entry Screener (K SCREEN)


Grade K

Assesses the domains of adaptive, cognitive, communication, motor, and social-emotional as established in Building a Strong Foundation for School Success: Kentucky's Early Childhood Standards

DAC Calendar

KDE DAC Information
Office of Assessment and Accountability
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4394

2023-2024 Test Windows


No earlier than fifteen (15) days prior to the start of the current academic year and no later than the thirtieth (30th) instructional day of the academic year​


State Junior Spring 2024 ACT Administration Dates:

​​State Spring 2024 ACT Administration Dates

ACT and OAA have set the dates for the Spring 2024 State Administration of the ACT:

Initial Test Window 1

Standard & Accommodated Administration (Online) - March 12-15 & March 18-22

Accommodations Administration (Paper) - March 12-15 & March 18-22

Makeup Test Window 2

Standard & Accommodated Administration (Online) - March 26-29 & April 1-5

Accommodations Administration (Paper) - March 26-29 & April 1-5


ACCESS Online, Alternate ACCESS, Kindergarten, and Accommodated (Large Print and Braille) Testing Window: January 4 – February 16, 2024​

Kentucky Summative Assessments: 


Last 14 Instructional Days of District Calendar for grades 3-8, 10 and 11

The Kentucky Summative Assessment (KSA) is a Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) including Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Writing (Editing and Mechanics and On-Demand) based upon Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS). 

Alternate KSA:

Alternate KSA Test Windows:

Window 1: November 13 – December 15, 2023

Window 2: April 15 – May 24, 2024

TAR: October 3, 2023 - May 24, 2024

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