Ohio's Early Learning Assessment

Ohio Early Learning Assessment 2018-2019 Implementation 
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Ohio, in partnership with Maryland, has developed an assessment for preschool-aged children called the Early Learning Assessment. The Early Learning Assessment is a part of Ohio's Ready for Kindergarten Assessment System, a joint project of Ohio's Department of Education and Department of Job and Family Services. 

The assessment is designed to aid teachers in determining where children are in their readiness for kindergarten. The Early Learning Assessment will provide information for teachers about children from early preschool to kindergarten.

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.

Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards (birth to kindergarten entry) are the basis for the Early Learning Assessment.  The assessment focuses on seven areas of a child’s growth and development:

  • Social Foundations (including social and emotional development, and approaches toward learning)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language and Literacy
  • Physical Well-being and Motor Development
  • Fine Arts
As of fall 2016 and continuing for the 2018-2019 school year, 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.


There are four assessment windows for the each school year: 


Aug 15 - Nov 14
Required for reporting


Nov 15 - Feb 14
Ongoing for best practice


Feb 15 - May 14
Required for reporting


May 15 - Aug 14
Ongoing for best practice

Each school year, programs that receive ECE or PSE funding must complete the 10-Required Learning Progressions during the fall and spring windows, and are encouraged to use the assessment during the winter and summer windows.

Learn more about Ohio's Early Learning Assessment



Last Modified: 8/17/2018 9:08:23 AM