Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment

Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment

Published: 12/11/2023 9:49 AM

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Kentucky Alternate Assessment was developed in 1990 as a result of the Reform Act of 1990 to provide schools and programs with a valid and reliable means of assessing the instruction provided to students with moderate and significant disabilities (i.e., for the less than 1% of the total student population for whom traditional assessments would be an inappropriate measure of progress).

In 2011 all content areas of the Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment were represented by attainment tasks and the Transition Attainment Record (TAR) for students in grade 11. These assessments continue to meet federal requirements for the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA).

Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment is based upon two components: Attainment Tasks (AT) and the Transition Attainment Record (TAR). These components play vital roles in the assessment of the individual student.

The Office of Assessment and Accountability often sends out communications for the Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment. Communications between KDE and districts/schools occur on a regular basis with staff who have elected to be a part of the Alternate Assessment E-mails.

Teachers may sign-up to receive these messages automatically, by sending a request to:


​Alternate Assessment Email 7/24/23Alternate Program Calendar, Introducing Krista Mullins, Scale Scores 

Alternate Assessment Email 8/21/23​ - Welcome Back!

Alternate Assessment Email 8/28/23 - 2023-2024 Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment (AKSA) Combined Overview-Attainment Task (AT) Trainings/Quiz Now Open​

Alternate Assessment Email 9/6/23UPDATE- Video Links Replaced for the 2023-2024 Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment (AKSA) Combined Overview-Attainment Task (AT) Trainings, Deadline Today- Visual Impairment (VI) Materials Request (Repeat) last time

Alternate Assessment Email 10/2/232023-2024 Transition Attainment Record (TAR) Training/Quiz Now Open, Additional Career Readiness Options – Kentucky Board of Education (KBE)- Approved Cooperative Education and Internships

Alternate Assessment Email 10/13/23​Employability Skills Attainment Record (ESAR), ESAR Administration to Begin Nov. 13, AKSA Overview and Attainment Tasks Combined Training to Close Nov. 10, AKSA Window 1 Documents, Changes to SRD

Alternate Assessment Email 10/30/23AKSA Office Hours Scheduled, AKSA Released Items, AKSA Window 1 Administration to Begin Nov. 13, AKSA Window 1 Documents, Changes to SRD, ESAR Administration to Begin Nov. 13

Alternate Assessment Email 11/13/23Important Alternate Kentucky Summative Assessment (AKSA) Update, Reminder: AKSA Window 1 Administration to Begin Nov. 13​

Assessment Calendar

Alternate Program Calendar​​​

Testing Window

Window 1: November 13 - December 15, 2023

Window 1 Makeup January 8 - March 22, 2024

Window 2: April 15 to May 24, 2024

TAR: October 2, 2023 - May 24, 2024

Window 1 Makeup Request Form​

​Please visit our AKSA Resources Webpage​ for all AKSA training material. 


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

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