Assessment Support

Accountability and Data Release Resources

Published: 10/26/2023 1:28 PM

​​In alignment with the guidelines set forth by the US Department of Education (USED) and Kentucky's regulation, we are committed to administering summative and other state assessments for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year.

To foster understanding of the 2023-2024 assessment and accountability data reporting, the Office of Assessment and Accountability (OAA) has gathered resources in one place.

OAA has attempted to make a single place to begin to answer the accountability questions that may arise from the public data release. These resources include Word documents, PDFs, videos and PowerPoints.


The Kentucky state assessments serve as valuable tools for measuring student performance and identifying areas for improvement. Kentucky Summative Assessment (KSA), Alternate KSA , ACT, ACCESS for ELLs, the Common Kindergarten Entry Screener (K SCREEN), and postsecondary readiness measures are the state assessments that form the foundation of our data release process, which feeds into the current year's school accountability system. Collecting and analyzing this data gives us valuable insights into student achievement and progress. For more information on each assessment, please visit the KDE Assessment webpage. ​


The 2022-2023 school year was the first full implementation of the accountability system based on Senate Bill 158 (2020). The accountability system's overall performance for each district, school and student demographic group determined by the state indicators shall combine current year performance, called "Status," and improvement from the prior year to the current year, called "Change."  ​​

​Accountability Reporting 

Beginning in the fall of 2023, Kentucky's School Report Card will display in an online dashboard the school, district, and state's overall performance for schools, districts, and the state as a whole and for individual student demographic groups. This comprehensive dashboard will provide a transparent view of the schools' performance levels, allowing stakeholders to assess progress and identify areas of improvement. The performance levels will be color-coded, using a rating system that includes five levels from highest to lowest: Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red. Each color rating represents a specific performance level, providing a quick visual reference for understanding the schools' performance.

In addition to overall performance, the School Report Card will also indicate the status and change in performance for each indicator. The status levels will be reported as "very high, high, medium, low, and very low." The change levels will be reported as "increased significantly, increased, maintained, decreased, and decreased significantly." This information will enable stakeholders to assess not only the current status of schools but also the progress or regression over time. Indicator performance ratings will combine status and change and be reported using a color rating system to communicate the performance of schools. Similar to the Overall Performance Level, Indicator Performance will include five performance levels from highest to lowest, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red. By incorporating both status and change levels, the online dashboard provides a comprehensive and dynamic representation of schools' performance, facilitating informed decision-making and targeted interventions to support student success.

The online dashboard with color-coded performance levels and change indicators represents a significant step towards transparency and accountability in the education system. It empowers stakeholders, including parents, educators, and policymakers, with accessible and easily interpretable data to evaluate the performance and progress of districts and schools. This initiative promotes a shared understanding of the strengths and areas for improvement in our educational institutions, supporting efforts to ensure high-quality education and equitable opportunities for all students. 

Public Release Resources

QC Day Resources 


Nondisclosure Agreements


Cut Scores for KSA and Alternate KSA

Previous years available upon request by contacting​

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