The KOSSA includes a multiple-choice test and a problem-based scenario. Both are standards-driven focused on occupational, employability and academic competencies. Unlike the multiple-choice test, the scenario is an open-ended question and requires students to write a 1 to 2-page answer to the problem presented. On the scenario portion of the assessment, students are given two scenarios and asked to respond to one. The scenario portion for Administrative Support Services is a performance-based scenario requiring students to complete tasks at the computer. The scenario for manufacturing is a multiple-choice scenario format.
Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards and Assessments
Frequently Asked Questions
Senior preparatory students as enrolled in TEDS
Assessments (KOSSA) or a take a related industry certification. Accountability reporting for Perkins IV will be
based on the performance of senior preparatory students who participate in the KOSSA or other industry
recognized assessments as approved by the Office of Career and Technical Education and the Kentucky
Department of Education College and Career Readiness Branch.
Sophomore and Junior preparatory students as enrolled in TEDS
Skill Standards Assessments (KOSSA). Scores will carry forward with these students to the senior year at
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Who may administer the skill standards assessments?
An assessment coordinator; principal; counselor; or teacher may administer the skill standards assessment.
There is a non-disclosure agreement in the test administrator’s manual to be signed by any person
administering or reviewing the assessments. Teachers who are not administering the assessments may
review the assessments (not student responses) following local administration of the assessment. This review
should occur under secure conditions to protect the integrity of the assessment. Any individual reviewing the
assessment must sign the non-disclosure agreement and security statement to be returned with assessment
materials to KDE.
What is included in the assessment?
The assessment includes a multiple-choice test and a problem-based scenario. Both are standards-driven
focused on occupational; employability and academic competencies. Unlike the multiple-choice test; the
scenario is an open-ended question and requires students to write a 1 to 2-page answer to the problem
presented. On the scenario portion of the assessment; students are given two scenarios and asked to
respond to one. The scenario portion for Administrative Support Services is a performance-based scenario
requiring students to complete tasks at the computer. The scenario for manufacturing is a multiple-choice
How were the assessments developed? How will they be scored?
Educators and employers developed the assessment items based on the standards. Kentucky employers
endorsed standards before assessments were developed.
Both educators and employers will score the scenarios; and the multiple-choice test will be scored using
student bubbled answer sheets.
How long does it take to complete the assessment?
On average; students are given two hours to complete the assessment - one hour for the scenario assessment
and one hour for the multiple-choice. Additional time may be granted upon student request.
What is required to pass the assessment?
Students must achieve a 70% or above on each component (multiple choice and scenario) of the test in order
to receive a certificate. The one exception to this is with the Manufacturing assessment where the assessment
has an overall score of 70% rather than a 2 part score. This is at the recommendation of business and
Can students who do not achieve the certificate retake the assessment?
Students can retake the assessment the following year if they are still enrolled in high school.
What do students get if the pass the assessment?
Students who pass the assessment will be awarded the Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards Certificate.
These certificates are endorsed by the related business and industry groups and are provided through the
Kentucky Department of Education. The certificates also include the Governor’s signature. The industry
certificates are recognized in varying degrees depending upon the area. Business partners in the areas of
Retail; Marketing; Financial Services; Construction and Manufacturing recognize students who earn the
certificate with a letter which includes additional career information and opportunities for the student. Many of
the areas are linked to articulated credit agreements with KCTCS and the Universities in Kentucky. For more
information about articulated credit; visit the Kentucky Department of Education website at
Can students take assessments in more than one area?
Students who are qualified may take as many assessments as they would like. However it is highly
recommended that students assess in the area they have identified on their Individual Learning Plan as their
career major area in Career and Technical Education.
What courses should the student have taken?
curriculum contact Program Consultants in College and Career Readiness at the Kentucky Department of
Education.Program of Studies for a list of courses by career major. For more information regarding specific
What assessments have been implemented?
We currently have 26 assessments developed and aligned to programs in the following program areas:
Agriculture and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, A/V Technology and Communications;
Business and Administration; Finance; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Information
11/15/201111/15/2011Technology; Manufacturing; Retail / Wholesale Sales and Service; Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution and Logistics.
When will schools receive results?
Program results and student certificates will be sent to the KOSSA assessment coordinator for your district/site
the first week of May.