Early Learning Assessment for Administrators

ECE-Teacher-with-Two-Children.jpgOhio’s Early Learning Assessment (ELA) is a tool for teachers of preschool-age children to learn about the current level of each child’s skills, knowledge and behaviors in the areas of Social Foundations, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Well-Being and Motor Development, as well as the Fine Arts.

Early childhood professionals know and use methods of observation and assessment and communicate results to parents and other professionals so that children’s growth and development are supported. Children will not complete test questions or provide test answers. The ELA is an ongoing process of observations performed by the teacher to gather information on how a child is developing over time. This process allows the teacher to form an understanding of the child’s learning and development that will assist them in planning future learning opportunities.

Teachers will be able to share a report with families that explains their findings and provide suggestions on activities families can do at home to continue to support children’s growth and development.



Implementation Tools

Assessment Data Manager Role

A data manager is the individual who has access to teacher and student demographic information for the Early Learning Assessment. It is this person’s responsibility for adding teachers, students, and enrollment data to the Ready for Kindergarten Online system. You have to be registered in the Ready for Kindergarten online system as a data manager in order to enter or access any data.

To get access, an individual must be selected by the school or district to serve in this capacity. Each participating school or district must assign an Assessment Data Manager-Preschool and Kindergarten in the Ohio Educational Directory System (OEDS). 

Here are directions: 

Data manager training 
Data Managers are invited to participate in online webinars for the Ready for Kindergarten (KReady) online system hosted by Johns Hopkins University and the Management Council. 

KReady Data Manager Webinar: Getting Started
Monday, February 8, 2021
10:00a – 11:00a

This webinar is primarily for new data managers and will provide information on using the Kindergarten Online Assessment System (KReady) to report Early Learning Assessment (ELA) scores and data. This session will feature a general overview of the KReady System and address information regarding, Data Manager Access, using the Bulk Loader, and Data Formatting. (60 mins) Registration link.

If you are unable to attend the Webinars, the materials and video will be available online later in the week at the Help Desk’s Data Manager Training Website.



There are four assessment windows during the 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 must report the 10-Required Learning Progressions during the fall and spring windows.  Programs are encouraged to use the assessment during the winter and summer windows.


Archived Webinars
Ohio K12 Help archives webinars for the early care and education programs that are using the Ohio Early Learning Assessment. The webinars can be accessed here


Educators, including any early care and education professionals*, who will make scoring decisions using the Early Learning Assessment must attend and successfully complete training. Successfully completion includes demonstrating reliability on a video simulator and passing a content knowledge test. 

*Early care and education professionals: Include but are not limited to teachers, lead teachers, assistant teachers, classroom aides, paraprofessionals, early care professionals, educators, early childhood teachers, early childhood intervention specialists, supervisors, itinerant teachers, directors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school psychologists, speech/language pathologists, data managers, other staff members identified by the program.

Administrators may choose any early care and education professionals who are program staff to attend the ELA training. We recommended that Administrators complete the ELA Jump Start Modules so they understand the ELA and how it relates to the education of young children.

Early Learning Assessment trainings are only open to educators employed in early childhood programs licensed by either the Ohio Department of Education or the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. 

HOW CAN I Find and REGISTER for training?

Registration is now open for the new 100% virtual Early Learning Assessment trainings through the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) at www.registry.occrra.org. This training is for new users of the Early Learning Assessment who have not previously completed an ELA training.  (If you previously completed an in-person or hybrid ELA training, you do not need to complete the new training.) 



Formative assessment modules are offered through the State Support Teams and Resource and Referral Agencies.  There are three modules available:

  • Overview – introduction to formative assessment, including the purposes of formative assessment and how to use it to support and enhance early learning.  The overview module is a pre-requisite to completing one of the other two modules.

  • Formative Assessment with Children 3-Kindergarten – the use of formative assessment including a review of tools and methods to assist the early childhood professional in identifying ways to recognize and collect evidence of developmental progress.

  • Formative Assessment with Children Birth-36 Months - the use of formative assessment including a review of tools and methods to assist the early childhood professional in identifying ways to recognize and collect evidence of developmental progress.

The formative assessment modules are not a requirement for using the Early Learning Assessment, but are strongly recommended, as they provide a foundational understanding of the purpose and use of formative assessment.

Individuals interested in registering for these trainings should do so through the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) at www.registry.occrra.org.

How do we get copies of the ELA? 

Early Learning Assessment products include: 

All three are now available electronically free of charge from the KReady Professional Development site. For more information on how to access the materials and printing guidance, please click here.

All copies of the assessment are considered secure documents and should be kept in a secure, but central location.

Early Learning Material Updates - 09/29/17
The Comprehensive Assessment Binder is the full version of the ELA tool, including seven domains of growth and development, 32 learning progressions, 72 skills, knowledge and behaviors (SKBs); this version also includes the embedded adaptations. 
This original version of the tool has been revised as follows:

  • In the original version, the level description for the SKB “response to distressed peer” had an error. Level B is greyed out, which is incorrect; the correct level that should be greyed out is Level C. That revision is in the updated version.
  • The adaptations were provided in a separate document. In this updated version, the adaptations are embedded.
  • Pages 5 and 6 of the front matter include updated content with a new Sample SKB and Adaptation Example

The Ten Required Learning Progressions is the version of the ELA tool that includes four domains of growth and development, 10 learning progressions, 24 SKBs. There are no updates to this version.   

The Early Learning Assessment - Adaptations follow the same Learning Progressions and level descriptors as the full ELA. The Adaptations provide examples of possible observational variations of each SKB for children with identified disabilities and for children who are developing differently from expected norms and not yet identified as having a disability. These examples include the use of alternate communication techniques and assistive devices, providing those implementing the ELA with a broader scope for the SKBs exhibited across all domains of the ELA. Early learning professionals are encouraged to refer to these adaptations when interpreting observational evidence, recognizing that children with disabilities might display the developmental SKBs in a different manner

Access KReady

ODE-licensed programs access the system at http://ohio.kready.org/login

  •  The Ready for Kindergarten Online system (also called KReady) is now open for data managers to load students, teachers and enrollment.

  • Teachers will be able to access the system once they have an account from their Data Manager.

Last Modified: 2/19/2021 12:17:38 PM