Testing companies have submitted bids to provide Kentucky with a testing system that includes multiple-choice, short-answer, extended-response, and writing-prompt items in five subjects. The Department will be choosing one or more vendors soon, so that the assessments can begin in the next school year.
Some important innovations will be:
- Blended assessments for grades 3 through 8, meaning that students receive both a norm-referenced score comparing them to a sample group and a criterion-referenced score relating to a fixed-standard of what they should know and be able to do.
- End-of-course assessments in high school, gauging students' understanding as they finish taking English II, Algebra II, Biology, and U.S. History. Those tests will be given when students finish the course, which could happen any time during the high school years.
- A new writing test for grades 4 and 6 that includes attention to writing mechanics as well as requiring students to produce their own timed writing pieces.
Here's a chart of how each grade will be tested in the years ahead [now showing a corrected edition, repairing an error in the original version of this post]: