Early Learning Program Updates

Early Learning Program Updates

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..

Before collecting evidence for the ELA, staff must attend and successfully complete the Early Learning Assessment training. Teachers must complete the training that includes demonstrating reliability on a video simulator and passing a content knowledge test. Click on the links below to learn more.

Teacher Training Recommendations and Requirements 2017
ELA Simulator and Content Assessment Protocol 2017
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.

Order the Early Learning Assessment.  Products are free of charge from the JFS Order Online Order System. Early Learning Assessment products include:

  • The Early Learning Assessment – Comprehensive Assessment Binder – JFS 01265
  • The Early Learning Assessment – Ten Required Learning Progressions – JFS 01245
  • The Early Learning Assessment – Adaptations – JFS 01165
Become familiar with the Ready for Kindergarten (KReady) Online system. Learn about the functionality of the KReady system by viewing this short video clip: ELA Technology.
Mark your calendars for an important Data Manager Training scheduled for August 8 and 10. More details will about Data Manager Training will be provided in July. These trainings will be Web-based and recorded for those who are unable to attend.

Determine locally which students, teachers, and enrollment data is important to your program to load in KReady. Remember that ECE and PSE funded children must have ELA data reported to either EMIS or EAS twice annually, so those children must be loaded in KReady and have an assigned teacher or teachers. If you are not required to report any student data to EMIS or EAS, you may choose which students and teachers to load in KReady. All ODE-licensed programs have full access to the KReady system.
For more information

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

ELA Help Desk:

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