Update 10-1-18

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is pleased to announce that ACT has been selected as the vendor for the college admissions exam, required as part of the state testing program. The new college admission’s contract with ACT is for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years and can be renewed for an additional four years.

KDE’s primary use of the college admissions exam is to measure students’ level of readiness for college in core academic content areas. Meeting benchmarks on the ACT is one way students may demonstrate academic readiness in the Transition Readiness indicator of the state’s accountability system for schools.

Beyond the state use of results, the state-administered college admissions exam also benefits students, their parents and educators in several ways. Administering the college admissions exam as part of required state testing permits students to take the exam at no cost to them. The exam is administered during the school day, providing equitable access for all students to participate.

The exam score results give students and educators a measure of students’ academic strengths and weaknesses, allowing educators to make informed instructional decisions and allowing students to demonstrate or learn of their ability to succeed in college or in dual credit courses while still in high school. As a result, students can become more engaged in preparation and planning for post-secondary opportunities. Additionally, many organizations that offer merit or academic scholarships identify and award financial assistance based on scores from a college admissions exam.

More information on training opportunities and any changes included in the new contract will be provided in the coming weeks. If you have questions about ACT testing, please contact Jennifer Larkins in the Division of Assessment Support by email at jennifer.larkins@education.ky.gov or phone at 502-564-4394, ext. 4715.

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