Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

Update on Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Reductions

Feedback and recommendations from Ohio teachers informed the department in reducing the number of items on the assessment by 21 percent. Read the full update here.

In the 2015-16 school year, we will again be implementing Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. This assessment includes ways for teachers to measure a child’s school readiness. Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards (birth to kindergarten entry) are the basis for the Kindergarten Readiness assessment.  It has six components: social skills (including social and emotional development, and approaches toward learning), mathematics, science, social studies, language and literacy, and physical well-being and motor development. A blueprint of the assessment is available in the gray box below the video.

The Language and Literacy portion of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment can be used to meet the reading diagnostic assessment requirement of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. To meet the diagnostic requirement, teachers must complete the Language and Literacy portion by Nov. 1.

A Test Incident Form is now available for use for reporting testing incidents with the KRA. You can use this form to report incidents from the 2014 administration as well as the current administration.

The KRA 2014 data files were released in June 2015. To access these files, please follow the directions in the document called Directions for Finding Your KRA Data on SAFE.

If you are not currently assigned the role of Assessment Data Manager - Preschool Kindergarten and you are a Data Manager for your district for the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, please follow the directions called How to Add the OEDS Role Assessment Data Manager - Preschool and Kindergarten.

For help with the KRA, you can go to http://ohio-k12.help/kready to submit a help desk ticket or call 1-877-644-6338 to get help setting up a help desk ticket. Both resources are available as of August 4, 2015 at 2:00pm EDT.

KRA Score Sheets are available. There is a link in the grey box called KRA Score Sheets. These have been revised to match the shortened 2015 KRA.

The Ohio Data Managers KRA Guide is a living document designed to support the needs of Ohio Data Managers. You can find this Guide here.

The Ohio Trainers KRA Guide is a living document designed to support the needs of Ohio KRA Trainers. You can find this Guide here.

The Ohio Teacher KRA Guide is a living document designed to support the needs of Ohio Kindergarten Teachers in the implementation of the KRA. You can find this Guide here.

The administration window for the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment is the first day of school through Nov. 1.  The results of the assessment provide a starting point for each child and do not prohibit any child from entering kindergarten.

Reports from the 2015 administration of the KRA will be available in the KRA system after the testing window has closed. Please see the Sample Individual Student Report in the gray box above to get an idea of what information will be on the reports released in November.

Only kindergarten teachers who have not yet been trained need to successfully complete the training on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment administration, score reporting, and use of the assessment data. Teacher trainings will be available through State Support Teams. 

Please follow the links below to view the recorded Weekly Data Manager Webinars for September 2015:

Data Manager Webinar #1, September 9, 2015

Data Manager Webinar #2, September 16, 2015

Data Manager Webinar #3, September 23, 2015

Data Manager Webinar #4, September 30, 2015

Last Modified: 10/2/2015 3:53:43 PM