We are pleased to welcome Kentucky as our newest partnership state. Under ACT's data partnership agreement with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), the agency provides data on the Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT) and the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) state assessments. This information is used to identify and recognize higher performing schools in the state annually, based on the most recent three years' performance on value-added growth and on the percentage of students reaching advanced academic standards.
In addition, Grade 8 test scores are linked to EXPLORE scores, and this link is used to identify College and Career Readiness Targets in Grades 3-7. This information is used to produce College and Career Readiness Charts for Kentucky public schools.
Core Practice Research
ACT is currently conducting a research study with Kentucky educators on the practices essential to academic growth and college and career readiness. This study is part of a larger, five-year research project that will encompass areas of practice in addition to the use of student data. Our results will be analyzed to identify those education practices at the classroom, school and district levels that maximize students’ preparation for college and career. We will build case studies from selected schools and districts, and our findings will be used to enrich the effective schools information published by ACT, Inc.