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.

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.

Data Managers can get training on the KReady System where teacher and student data should be uploaded. Trianings are currently posted in STARS for August and September. Please search for the Key Word "Data Manager" to find these trainings. A list of the dates, times and locations of these trainings can be found in the Document called Data Managers Training Sessions.

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.

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.

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 beginning on August 7, 2015. Teacher trainings will be available through State Support Teams. 

Last Modified: 8/28/2015 2:27:18 PM