Kindergarten Readiness Assessment for Administrators

 dreamstime_151575.jpgAt the beginning of each school year, children in public school kindergarten programs are assessed using Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. This assessment includes ways for teachers to measure a child’s readiness for engaging with kindergarten instruction while aligned to Ohio's Early Learning and Development Standards


Public districts have the option to begin the administration of KRA selected response and performance task items up to two weeks prior to the first day of 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 the Language and Literacy portion by Nov. 1.
 

INTRODUCTION

Resources

FORMS

Reports

REsources for Chartered Non-Public Schools Participating in the KRA

Assessment Data Manager Role

A data manager is the individual who has access to teacher and student demographic information. 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: 

Webinar Training Opportunities for Administrators and Data Managers
Data Managers supporting the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) are invited to participate in online webinars for the Ready for Kindergarten (KReady) online system hosted by Johns Hopkins University and the Management Council.
 
KRA for Administrators Webinar
October 16, 2019
10:00am – 11:00am
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) and/or Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA). This session will feature information specific to accessing various reports and insights for using the data to make decisions regarding instruction. (60 mins) Register here.
 
KReady Data Managers Q+A – SURVEY
The KReady leadership and support team will host a webinar designed to specifically address questions you might have as an assessment/data manager regarding the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) and Early Learning Assessment (ELA). DMs will an opportunity to engage the team in a special webinar session that give participants the chance to ask questions around specific topics and receive response from our team live. Please take a moment to respond to this brief survey and submit question you would like to team to address. We will work to structure the webinar based on the submissions received. This Survey Ends Friday 10/4/19 Survey URL

Coming Soon - SAVE THE DATE!  KReady Data Managers Q&A Webinar
October 22, 2019
10:00am – 11:00am
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.

KRA Close Down Webinar
October 28, 2019
10:00am – 11:00am
This webinar is for data managers responsible for submitting KRA reporting data to EMIS. 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 Fall 2019 assessment window, data clean up considerations and an explanation on reporting the KRA data and other important topics. (60 mins) Register here.

KRA eNewsletter
Kindergarten teachers, sign up to receive timely KRA tips and updates during the administration window right in your email inbox! Our goal is to provide you with the tools and resources you need for a smooth and efficient administration and to help you effectively use your KRA data to inform instruction! Sign up today so you don’t miss an issue: http://bit.ly/KRAemail 

KRA 2019 Data Manager for Public Schools Webinar
Facilitated by Johns Hopkins University
When: Tuesday, August 27, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Directions for Accessing
 
1. The webinar will be held in Zoom. If you have never used Zoom before, feel free to test your connection in advance using this link: https://zoom.us/test.
2. Click this link to access the webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XaXDpT4USN-RWU3bSbX6yg You will be asked to complete a brief form. Then, you will be directed to a page that contains your unique webinar URL. Click the link to join.

 Archived Webinars


Timeline

The administration window for the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment is the first day of school through Nov. 1.  However, based on a budget bill that passed on June 30, 2017 public districts have the option to begin administration up to two weeks prior to the first day of kindergarten. Schools may administer the selected response and performance task items portion of the assessment up to two weeks prior to the first day of the school year.

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 the Language and Literacy portion by Nov. 1. Teachers can conduct the other portions of the assessment any time during the assessment period.

Results are available in the KReady system to users with teacher, data manager, and administrator accounts.

  • KRA raw data is immediately available to teachers as they administer the items, and we recommend teachers use that as baseline data to inform kindergarten instruction based on the needs of the students.
  • The Language and Literacy Scale Score reports are available to data managers and administrators before Nov. 1. This was a new feature during the 2016 administration and will continue through future administration windows.
  • Scale Score reports are available to data managers and administrators after the window closes. The system takes about a week to generate all of the scores and go through testing before making the reports available to school districts. The scale score report will not be available during the administration window.
  • In previous years, the Individual Student Reports (ISRs) were available at the same time as the Scale Score Reports. This year the ISRs will be available on demand to teachers for students who have 100% item completion. Teachers will be able to generate the ISRs when all data for KRA is collected and put into the KReady system. After Nov. 1, the system will generate any ISRs that were not generated on-demand by the teacher. This process is still being developed in the KReady system and the specifics will be communicated later this summer.  The Sample Individual Student Report provides a layout of what information is included on the reports.

November 1st is the deadline for teachers to administer the KRA and enter data in the KReady online system. After the administration window closes on November 1 at 11:59 p.m., data managers will have until November 6th at 11:59 p.m. to clean up transfer requests.  
 

Training

Teacher Training - 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. The KRA trainings are scheduled and delivered by State Support Team KRA trainers. Training is in STARS and will be added throughout the summer to prepare teachers for the 2019 KRA administration.  Teachers will need to register in STARS to secure a spot for training. Search using the Keyword term KRA.

KReady System Support:
For help with the KRA, you can go to http://ohio-k12.help/kready to submit a help desk ticket or call 844-K12-OHIO (844-512-6446) to get help setting up a help desk ticket. 

Last Modified: 9/30/2019 7:43:27 AM