FAQs for Families: Kindergarten Readiness Tests

This fall, we will begin to have a better way of determining what our Kindergarteners know and can do when they enter the classroom, so their teachers can find out if they need certain help to get off to a good start.

Our teachers will use the new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment to get a snapshot of every child’s knowledge and skills in six areas: social skills, math, science, social studies, language and literacy, and physical well-being and motor development. Teachers will then know what kind of help your child needs to be successful in Kindergarten.

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents and Caregivers:


General Questions

General Questions

    Why does my child need to take the new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment?

    The assessment provides information for your family, as well as your teachers, to help your child learn and grow.


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    What does the new assessment cover?

    The kindergarten assessment covers six areas:  Social Skills (including the way students learn), Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Well-Being and Motor Development.  


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    How does the assessment work?

    There are three ways for child will show what he or she knows and is able to do.

    Your child will:

    1. Select an answer to a question.
    2. Do a requested task.

    Your teacher will:

    1. Observe your child in school and at recess.


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    When will this assessment happen?

    Ohio kindergarten teachers will have from the first day of school until Nov. 1, 2014, to complete the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.


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    Why is this new?

    Ohio’s previous assessment only looked at language and literacy and involved a teacher looking solely at a child’s response to direct questions. The new measure combines both responses to questions by your child and observations of your child by his or her teacher.


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    If my child has a special education plan, will he or she do the assessment?

    Yes. Ohio’s new kindergarten assessment is for all children, including children with disabilities.


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    How long does the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment take?

    The amount of time it will take to administer, score and input assessment item data will vary from teacher-to-teacher and class-to-class.  This is because the assessment is the most efficient when teachers are able to use technology for the assessment. 


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    Will my family receive a report about my child’s results?

    Yes, teachers will have a report to share with families.


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Last Modified: 8/15/2014 8:52:44 AM