Kentucky's Commonwealth Accountability Testing System
about the project
WestEd led the process of developing Kentucky's Core Content Test — the cornerstone of the state's comprehensive accountability system.
WestEd supported Kentucky's major statewide school reform effort by developing selected-response and constructed-response items for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The content areas assessed include reading, math, science, social studies, arts and humanities, and practical living/vocational studies.
WestEd led the development activities, including facilitating Kentucky teachers in drafting and selecting assessment items, providing content and editorial review, conducting Bias Review sessions, constructing test forms, and producing camera-ready copy for Kentucky's Core Content Test.
WestEd provided assessment-related support with the development of annotations of student work based on released test items.
In addition to assessment development, our project work included designing and implementing procedures for the collection of noncognitive indicators, such as graduation rates, dropout rates, and post-high school mobility rates as part of Kentucky's comprehensive accountability system.
WestEd served as a subcontractor to CTB/McGraw Hill.