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CEELO Fast Fact – January 2017KEA Assessment ToolsAssessment Tools Used in Kindergarten Entry Assessments (KEAs)STATE SCAN1GG Weisenfeld, EdDJanuary 20172Information RequestAt the request of a state early education administrator, CEELO developed a national scan on thecurrent assessment tools that are used in states to assess the development of children at kindergartenentry. This information could be useful to other states that are in the process of developing orrevising their KEAs.BackgroundA growing number of states are interested in tracking thereadiness of children entering kindergarten. In 2010, justseven states (Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii,Maryland, Minnesota, and Vermont) collected KEA data forthe purposes of aggregating data at the state level. Sincethis time, most states report they are using statewide,piloting, developing, or revising their KEA.In 2013, three consortia were awarded federal EnhancedAssessment Grants (EAGs) to support the development orenhancement of high-quality KEAs that would collect, atkindergarten entry, valid and reliable information on eachchild’s learning and development across the essentialdomains of school readiness. In addition, states thatContextThe state wanted to learn about KEAassessment tools in order to inform theirprocess in selecting one.MethodologySelf-reported state data on the name ofthe kindergarten entry assessment toolwere gathered from the annual NIEERState of Preschool Yearbook. CEELO alsoaccessed and reviewed the Center forStandards and AssessmentImplementation (CSAI)’s interactive map,which provides a snapshot of states’kindergarten entry assessment tools.Additionally, a request by a member wasmade to the NAECS-SDE listerv forinformation about KEAs and currentresearch. Responses as shared bymembers are included in this FastFact.1This document provides information on assessment tools for KEAs that come from a review of documents. CEELOdoes not endorse a particular tool. This document is for reference on what tools states are using. This informationmay change. For updates, please email info@ceelo.org2 Table 2 was updated March 2017.www.ceelo.org info@ceelo.org1

CEELO Fast Fact – January 2017KEA Assessment Toolsreceived Preschool Development Grant funding are expected to report the degree to which childrenenter kindergarten ready.What We LearnedSixteen states that are implementing a kindergarten entry assessment (KEA) are using a commerciallydeveloped tool as part of their KEA system (see Table 1). Three state consortia funded through the EAGare developing a measure to be used in kindergarten (Table 2). Thirteen states have developed a KEA,sometimes in conjunction with a commercially made tool (Table 3).This information was collected in November and December 2016, and, therefore, some resources andlinks may not be the most up-to-date. Updates can be sent to info@ceelo.org.Commercially Developed Assessment ToolsSixteen states use a commercially developed tool as part of their KEA system. Table 1 identifies sixcommercially developed assessment tools used by states as part of their KEA system. Weblinks to boththe publisher of the assessment tool and states using the tool are provided.Table 1: Commercially Developed ToolsName of ToolBRIGANCE Early ChildhoodKindergarten Screen IIIStates Using as KEAKentuckyDesired Results Developmental Profile(DRDP)Phonological Awareness LiteracyScreening for Kindergarten (PALS-K)Qualls Early Learning Inventory (QELI)34Nevada (beginning2017-18)CaliforniaIllinois (KIDS)3VirginiaArkansasSTAR Early LiteracyMississippiTeaching Strategies GOLDAlabama (pilot)ColoradoDelawareHawaii (pilot)MassachusettsMichigan (pilot)Minnesota (pilot)New JerseyWashington4WeblinksPublisher InformationState example - KentuckyPublisher InformationState example – IllinoisPublisher InformationState example – VirginiaPublisher InformationState example – ArkansasPublisher informationState example – MississippiPublisher informationUsing Teaching Strategies GOLD within a Kindergarten EntryAssessment System [CEELOFastFact]Illinois adopted and renamed the DRDP as the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey - KIDSIn addition to GOLD, Washington uses a parent survey and a child’s prior early childhood education information.www.ceelo.org info@ceelo.org2

CEELO Fast Fact – January 2017KEA Assessment ToolsState ConsortiaThere are the three Enhanced Assessment Grant consortia that are developing measures to be used inthe kindergarten year (note: the North Carolina Consortium is also developing a K-3rd grade formativeassessment). Table 2 identifies the state partners and some information about their work, includingWeblinks.Table 2: Enhanced Assessment Grant ConsortiaName ofState MembersConsortiumMaryland-Ohio Charter members:ConsortiumOhioMaryland MichiganNevadaIndianaMassachusettsNorth istrict ofColumbiaIowaMaineNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOregonRhode IslandSouth ksKindergarten Readiness Assessment(KRA) was developed by WestEd(Division of Standards, Assessment,and Accountability Services).State example - OhioState example MarylandThis assessment has been developedby OH and MD as part of the RTT-ELCand is now being enhanced bydeveloping an improved 2.0 version ofit.Currently, OH and MD areimplementing statewide; MI in someschool districts.Field testing occurring in Tennesseeand South Carolina.North Carolina is currentlyimplementing.North Carolina Memore: KEAImplementation,Phase II (April 2016)NC Kindergarten EntryAssessment To BeImplementedStatewide Fall 2015(July 2015)Texas Education Agency (TX’s SEA) andresearchers from University of Texas,Health Science Center at Houston(UTHealth) are developing and fieldtesting the KEA.North Carolina K-3Formative AssessmentProcess WebsiteState Example – TexasIn 2016, Tennessee joined the Maryland-Ohio consortium as a charter state.www.ceelo.org info@ceelo.org3

CEELO Fast Fact – January 2017KEA Assessment ToolsSelf-Developed Assessment ToolsThirteen states have developed their own measures. identified in Table 3. Weblinks and the year ofimplementation or revision, if available, are provided.Table 3: Self-Developed Tools used for KEAStateAlaskaName of Tool (with Weblink)Alaska Developmental ProfileNotesImplemented 2009ConnecticutKindergarten Entrance Inventory [KEI]Implemented 2007FloridaFlorida Kindergarten Readiness Screener [FLKRS]GeorgiaGeorgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing SkillsImplemented 2006;revised 2014Implemented 2008HawaiiHawaii State School Readiness AssessmentIndianaIndiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting ofKindergarten ReadinessIowaFormative Assessment System for TeachersImplemented 2014LouisianaDeveloping Skills ChecklistNew MexicoKindergarten Observation ToolBased on the EnglishLanguage DevelopmentAssessment (ELDA),Developed 2004Implemented 2016OregonOregon Kindergarten AssessmentImplemented 2013PennsylvaniaKindergarten Entry Inventory [KEI]Implemented 2014UtahUtah State Office of Education KindergartenAssessmentReady for Kindergarten! SurveyUnknownVermontwww.ceelo.org info@ceelo.orgImplemented 2008statewide; no longerrequiredRevised 2012Implemented 20154

CEELO Fast Fact – January 2017KEA Assessment ToolsConclusionStates are using a variety of assessment tools in their Kindergarten Entry Assessment systems. The toolsbeing used are continually evolving and many states look forward to seeing the KEAs produced by thethree EAG consortia. Once an assessment tool is selected, states are able to plan for professionaldevelopment for both teachers and administrators; communicate findings with parents and otherstakeholders; and create written policies and guidance to support implementation, including datagovernance. Some of these next steps are identified in the following resources.ResourcesCase Studies of the Early Implementation of Kindergarten Entry Assessments. (2016). This is a case studyon MD, OR, PA, and WA’s KEA.Fast Fact: Information and Resources on Developing State Policy on Kindergarten Entry Assessment(KEA). (2014). This Fast Fact provides information on how states are approaching the development andimplementation of KEA as part of a comprehensive assessment system. Includes links to states’ KEApolicies and resources.How Kindergarten Entry Assessments are Used in Public schools and How they Correlate with SpringAssessments. (2016). This study examined how public schools used kindergarten entry assessments,what types of public schools used kindergarten entry assessments, and whether the use of kindergartenentry assessments was correlated with student early learning assessment scores in reading and math inspring of the kindergarten year.Using Teaching Strategies GOLD within a Kindergarten Entry Assessment System. (2016). This Fast Factsdescribes how states are using GOLD as part of their KEA.www.ceelo.org info@ceelo.org5

CEELO Fast Fact – January 2017KEA Assessment ToolsABOUT CEELO:One of 22 Comprehensive Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementaryand Secondary Education, the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) will strengthen thecapacity of State Education Agencies (SEAs) to lead sustained improvements in early learningopportunities and outcomes. CEELO will work in partnership with SEAs, state and local early childhoodleaders, and other federal and national technical assistance (TA) providers to promote innovation andaccountability.Permission is granted to reprint this material if you acknowledge CEELO and the authors of the item. Formore information, call the Communications contact at (732) 993-8051, or visit CEELO at CEELO.org.Suggested citation: Weisenfeld, G. (2017). Assessment tools used in kindergarten entry assessments(CEELO FastFact). New Brunswick, NJ: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes.This FastFact was produced by the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes, with funds from theU.S. Department of Education under cooperative agreement number S283B120054. The content doesnot necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Department of Education, nor does mention or visualrepresentation of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by thefederal government.The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) is a partnership of the followingorganizations:www.ceelo.org info@ceelo.org6

Assessments. (2016). This study examined how public schools used kindergarten entry assessments, what types of public schools used kindergarten entry assessments, and whether the use of kindergarten entry assessments was correlated with student early learning assessment scores in reading and math in s

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