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The state of Kentucky has adopted a new system of assessments for their students. Beginning in the school year 2011-2012 students will take the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (KPREP) tests in Reading and Mathematics during grades 3-8. In grades 4 and 7 students will also take the KPREP in Science. In grades 5 and 8 students will also take the KPREP in Social Studies. Students in grades 5, 6, 8, 10 and 11 will take the On-Demand Writing Assessment. In high school students will take End-of-Course Examinations in English II, Algebra II, Biology and U.S. History
The Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (KPREP) tests that are given in Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Writing are in multiple-choice, short-answer, and extended response question formats. On the KPREP Reading Test students will be given literary and informational passages to read and base the answer to the multiple-choice and short-answer questions on. The test is given in three sessions of between 40-60 minutes each.
Students taking the KPREP Assessments have the curricular frameworks as a means to guide and plan for test preparation. Students are tested in the following skills and knowledge on the KPREP Assessments in the following subjects:
Reading – Students need to demonstrate an ability to recognize key ideas in reading, understand the craft and structure of literature and informational texts, students need to be able to integrate ideas, and they need to show proficiency in vocabulary development.
Mathematics – Students will need to demonstrate proficiency in the following sub-topics: operations and algebraic thinking, numbers and operations, measurement and data (statistics and probability), and geometry.
Science – Students will need to show proficient understanding of physical science, earth and space science, life science and the unifying concepts within the field of science.