The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Office of Assessment and Accountability (OAA), in conjunction with the Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE), released a new frequently asked questions (FAQ) guidance document on March 29.
In anticipation of the U.S. Department of Education’s (USED’s) Feb. 22 decision to require states to administer a statewide assessment for the 2020-2021 school year, KDE had already released two COVID-19 guidance documents to assist districts in preparing to administer spring testing, “COVID-19 Participation in Spring 2021 Kentucky State Testing” and “Kentucky Summative Assessment Administration Guidance 2020-2021 School Year.” These were updated March 11 to reflect new federal guidance.
The purpose of the new document, “2020-2021 Kentucky Assessment and Accountability (ESSA and Perkins) Frequently Asked Questions,” is designed to answer common questions regarding USED’s decision and KDE’s guidance. Topics covered include assessments, accountability, CTE end-of-program assessments and public reporting, among other topics.
Guidance may continue to change as the pandemic evolves, as it does, KDE will continue to update assessment guidance and other COVID-19 documents.