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 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 at least the Language and Literacy portion no later than Sept. 30. Teachers can conduct the other portions of the assessment any time during the assessment period.

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.  In addition, any staff member who has completed the Train-the-Trainer program and also completed the refresher course offered on August 6, 2015 is able to deliver the teacher training to their staff.

Last Modified: 7/27/2015 1:02:06 PM