Early Learning Assessment for Administrators

ECE-Teacher-with-Two-Children.jpgIn the 2019-2020 school year, we are again implementing Ohio’s Early Learning AssessmentOhio’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.




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 
We have scheduled a series of Webinars to support you with the Early Learning Assessment (ELA) spring 2020 administration window. All Webinars are recorded and are made available shortly after they occur. 

ELA KReady Data Manager Q + A Webinar 
Thursday, March 12, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am 
Current data managers will have the opportunity to ask questions in advance and receive responses from members of the KReady leadership and support team. The team will address questions specific to the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) and Early Learning Assessment (ELA) from topics previously submitted by KReady assessment/data managers across the state via a survey. The topics will come from participant survey responses. Data Managers can submit questions and suggestions here > Survey Link. Registration for this webinar will open soon. Registration coming soon. 

ELA KReady Building Administrator Webinar
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am 
This webinar is for persons that have the role of building administrator and that access building level reports using the Kindergarten Online Assessment System (KReady) on the Early Learning Assessment (ELA). This session will feature information specific to accessing various reports and insights for using the data to make decisions regarding instruction. (60 mins) Register for this webinar  

ELA Data Manager 2020 Update Webinar
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
10:00 am– 11:00 am 
This webinar is for data managers responsible for submitting ELA reporting data to EMIS or EAS. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive responses from the KReady support team and program specialists from the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness. The topics will include closing down the Spring 2020 assessment window, data clean up considerations and an explanation on reporting the ELA data and other important topics. (60 mins) Register for this webinar

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



In the 2019-2020 school year, we are again implementing Ohio’s Early Learning Assessment.


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 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.


All programs who serve preschool-age children have the opportunity to use the Early Learning Assessment to improve and support the growth and development of children.

As of fall 2016 and continuing for school year 2019-2020, 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.

All programs who serve preschool-age children may begin using the assessment following successful completion of the training.

Training & Ordering


Before collecting evidence for the ELA, staff must attend and complete the Early Learning Assessment (ELA) training. Staff includes any early care and education professionals* employed by the program. Staff must complete the training that includes demonstrating reliability on a video simulator and passing a content knowledge test. Click on the links below to learn more.

*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. Administrators and other individuals (co-teachers, assistant teachers, itinerant teachers, etc.) are strongly encouraged to complete the training. We highly recommended that Administrators also attend the ELA training so they understand the ELA and how it relates to the education of young children.

Keep in mind that the process of early learning assessment includes collecting evidence through observation and documentation that allows the teacher to make scoring decisions on children’s learning. The early learning assessment is not a test where children engage in a process of questions and answers.

A general training on Formative Assessment is available and recommended prior to attending ELA training. The Formative Assessment training provides an introduction on the formative assessment process and how teacher use the results of the instruction to plan and direct instruction.


The State Support Teams and the Resource and Referral Agencies will be offering the trainings.  The two-day new teacher training and one-day optional update training are currently being offered. 

Register for the Early Learning Assessment trainings through the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) at www.registry.occrra.org


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

  • Data Managers will be notified as soon as they have access in 2019. The KReady system opens on August 1 for data managers to have access for loading students, teachers and enrollment.

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

Last Modified: 2/7/2020 7:02:36 AM