Ohio’s New Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

Update on Kindergarten Reading Assessment Reductions

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

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, a new kindergarten readiness assessment will replace the KRA-L. The new 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 new 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 period for the new kindergarten readiness assessment in school year 2014-2015 is the first day of school through Nov.1.  All kindergarten children will take the assessment. The results of the assessment provide a starting point for each child and do not prohibit any child from entering kindergarten.

Also in the 2014-15 school year, the language and literacy portion of the new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment will 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.

All kindergarten teachers will receive training on new kindergarten readiness assessment administration, score reporting, and use of the assessment data beginning in the spring of 2014. Teacher trainings will be available through State Support Teams.  In addition, districts may choose to have one or more qualified district staff complete the Train-the-Trainer training that is necessary to become approved Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Trainers.  Those trained district staff would then be able to deliver the teacher training to their staff.

Last Modified: 3/24/2015 8:41:48 AM