Early Learning Program Updates

Early Learning Program Updates

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June 2017 Articles

A new edition of the Early Learning Program Updates, posted here, provides important information for data managers, program & school leaders, test coordinators, and teachers. 

Thank you for all the work you do to support student learning in Ohio.


Log On to New Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System as an ODE User

The New Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System is here!

ALL preschool and school-age child care licensing and Step Up To Quality functions will be done in the new Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System (OCLQS)


Get step-by-step directions....

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Trauma Competency 101 - For Staff, Peers & Volunteers

A FREE 3 hour training will be offered in Fairfield County (Pickerington, Ohio) on Wednesday, June 28th.  

It will be offered each in the morning (9 am to noon) and repeated in the afternoon (1 pm to 4 pm).

The training, “Trauma Competency 101 for Staff, Peers, and Volunteers” will be conducted by Micki Lamb, Hopewell, and Ron Luce, Clem House. Space is limited.

Register by calling 740-475-1984 or emailing mpool@ohiopps.org

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Early Learning Assessment Important Information for 2017-2018

All programs who serve preschool-age children will have the opportunity to use the Early Learning Assessment to improve and support the growth and development of children.

As of fall 2016, only programs serving children funded by Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Preschool Special Education (PSE) are required to use the ELA. Programs must use the 10-Required Learning Progressions and report on funded children.

Right now, any Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) 3-5 star rated programs may attend training on the assessment. Programs may begin using the assessment following successful completion of the training.

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Spring 2017 Early Learning Technical Assistance Presentation

Here are the presentations from the Spring 2017 Early Learning Regional Technical Assistance Meetings: 

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Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Updates

Key Dates - Fall 2017 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

June-Oct. State Support Team (SST) and District KRA Trainers provide KRA Teacher Training to new kindergarten teachers
Jul. 7 Deadline to update Assessment Data Manager – Preschool and Kindergarten role in the Ohio Educational Directory System (OEDS)
Jul. 7-Jul. 16 The Kready online system (http://ohio.kready.org) will be unavailable for server and system maintenance
Aug. 1 Ready for Kindergarten (KReady) online system opens for KRA and Kindergarten Field Test 2017 administration
Public school districts and community schools are required to administer the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) to all first-time kindergarten students. Do not administer the KRA to any student retained in kindergarten.

The KRA is intended to be administered to kindergarten students starting the first day of school, or the first day that schools and districts take attendance for students who are enrolled in kindergarten with the administration ending on November 1.

All first-time kindergarteners should be assessed with the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment by November 1, regardless of when they entered kindergarten in your district. Late transfers still need to be assessed if there is no data in the system for the student, unless they are repeating kindergarten. Students transferring from out of state need to be assessed, unless they are repeating kindergarten.

Educators who administer the assessment must:
  • be employed by the student’s school or district;
  • hold a valid Ohio Department of Education-issued permit, license or certificate; and
  • have successfully completed the required Kindergarten Readiness Assessment training. The department strongly recommends that each student’s primary classroom teacher or another teacher who has regular contact with the student(s) (e.g., an intervention specialist or reading specialist) administer the assessment.
Kindergarten teachers who have never been trained on the KRA must successfully complete the state-required training. The KRA trainings are scheduled and delivered by State Support Team KRA trainers and a small number of local district trainers. Training is in STARS and will be added throughout the summer to prepare teachers for the 2017 KRA administration. Teachers will need to register in STARS to secure a spot for training. Search using the Keyword term KRA.

Ensure you have an assigned ASSESSMENT DATA MANAGER – PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN in the Ohio Educational Directory System (OEDS). A data manager is the individual who has access to teacher and student demographic information. It is this person’s responsibility for adding teachers, students, and enrollment data to the Ready for Kindergarten Online system. 

Please ensure your current 2015-2016 and/or 2016-2017 KRA administration materials are securely stored as they will be used again for the fall 2017 administration.

If you need replacement kits for 2017, please fill out the 2017 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Order Form or the 2017 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Alternative Text Test Order Form depending on your needs.

Chartered Non-Public schools do not have access to the Ohio KRA or the KReady system for the KRA. Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, any chartered nonpublic school may elect to administer the kindergarten readiness assessment to all kindergarten students enrolled in the school. Stay tuned for additional information in the coming year about supporting the chartered nonpublic school community in joining the statewide implementation of Ohio’s KRA.
For more information

First, check out the department’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Website or these other helpful links: Questions about the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment:

KRA Help Desk:

Contact Information:

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