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New Way to Determine Kindergarten Readiness Coming Fall 2014


Understanding a child’s learning and development is critical to both families and educators. In this and previous school years, children took the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment - Literacy (KRA-L) when entering school. In fall 2014, Ohio’s New Kindergarten Readiness Assessment will replace KRA-L. 

Ohio’s New Kindergarten Readiness Assessment will give kindergarten teachers a comprehensive picture of a child’s learning and development at kindergarten entry, pinpointing where each child is in physical well-being and motor development, language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and social skills.

Teachers will have from the first day of school until Nov. 1, 2014, to complete the assessment.

The language and literacy portion of the assessment may be used to meet the reading diagnostic assessment requirement of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee for kindergarten if the language and literacy items are administered by Sept. 30.

Between April and September 2014, all kindergarten teachers will receive training on Ohio’s New Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, including score reporting and using the data. The Ohio Department of Education will make the training schedule available in January.

Contact the department’s Office of Early Learning and School Readiness at 614-995-9974 or with questions.