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Early Learning Assessments

5/31/2017

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) 

Schools and districts can begin KRA administration starting the first day of school or the first day that schools and districts take attendance for students who are enrolled in kindergarten. The administration window closes on Nov. 1. The Ohio Department of Education will be conducting an embedded Kindergarten Field Test this fall. To learn more, please read the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment 2017-2018 Fact Sheet.
 
Results of the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment for each district and community school in Ohio are available here and include overall readiness scores, as well as the four sub-areas of Language and Literacy, Social Foundations, Mathematics, and Physical Development and Well-Being. Step-by-step directions are listed in the Direction for Finding KRA Data.
 
The results of the 2016-2017 administration are not yet available to download from the Department’s data downloads; however, those users who have data manager roles within the Ready for Kindergarten Online (KReady) system have access to KRA Scale Score Reports and Individual Student Reports. 
 

KRA Training for Kindergarten Teachers 

Kindergarten teachers who have never been trained on the KRA must successfully complete the state-required training. Kindergarten teachers who have successfully completed the KRA training in 2014-2015, 2015-2016 or 2016-2017 are not required to take any additional training to administer the KRA during the 2017-2018 school year. They may however opt to attend a one-day refresher training. All kindergarten teachers are required to review a new brief online module to learn about the 2017 administration of the Kindergarten Field Test and the KRA.
 
Kindergarten teachers not previously trained should choose one of the options below:
  • Option 1: Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Two-Day Training. This required training consists of two days of in-person training for NEW kindergarten teachers who have never been trained on the KRA. 
  • Option 2: Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Hybrid Training. This required training consists of a one day in-person training followed by approximately 10 hours of online work on your own and is for NEW kindergarten teachers who have never been trained on the KRA.
A training refresher is available for previously trained kindergarten teachers but is not required:
  • Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Refresher. This optional training consists of one day in-person training and is intended for teachers who have already completed KRA training in a previous year.
The KRA trainings are scheduled and delivered by State Support Team KRA trainers and a small number of local district trainers.  Training is in STARS and will be added throughout the summer to prepare teachers for the 2017 KRA administration.  Teachers will need to register in STARS to secure a spot for training.  Search using the Keyword term KRA.
 

Chromebook Update 

All versions of Chrome are compatible with the content and simulation assessment teachers complete during the KRA training, except for Chromebooks. 
 
There is a Web app version that can be used with Chromebooks for the selected assessment items that can be administered and scored by the KRA app for students. Review the KRA Technology Guidelines found at this link.
 

Kindergarten Field Test and other KRA Updates: NEW Online Module! 

To fully understand the 2017 administration of the KRA and the Kindergarten Field Test, a new module may be found here.  In the Ohio KRA 2017 Field Test & Implementation module, participants will:
  • Learn about the Kindergarten Field Test and what it means;
  • Get a glimpse inside Ohio’s Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment System development process;
  • Explore the kindergarten field test items and revised observational rubrics;
  • Review the materials teachers will receive along with handling procedures and test security requirements;
  • Review the field test-specific features of the Ready for Kindergarten online system;
  • Review the features of the new KRA app; and
  • Learn about the new instant ISR creation feature that will be available throughout the administration window.
 

KRA Administration Materials 

The 2014-2015 KRA administration materials may be destroyed because they are no longer in use. Please ensure your current 2015-2016 and/or 2016-2017 KRA administration materials are securely stored as they will be used again for the fall 2017 administration. Some schools and districts might need additional or new administration materials for next school year.
 
Please fill out this 2017 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Order Form to order replacement Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Kits for trained teachers. Tests are secure materials. Programs must file a Test Destruction Form to report destroyed kits.  
 
Children who are blind or visually impaired represent a wide range of sightedness. Thus, we created the Alternative Text Teacher Administration Manual, Tactile Graphics Assessment manual, and concrete manipulatives to ensure accessibility for all children who are blind or visually impaired. You should follow the child’s instructional team recommendations for any or all supports on a child-by-child basis. You also should check the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for any accommodations and/or modifications. Please fill out this 2017 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Alternative Text Test Order Form to order the Alternative Text Test Administration Manual and materials.
 
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Kits include the following:
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Teacher Administration Manual
This manual contains
  • Mathematics and Language & Literacy selected response and performance task items
  • Scripted directions to help ensure proper assessment procedures
  • Scoring Information
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Observational Teacher Administration Manual
This manual contains
  • Language & Literacy, Social Foundations, and Physical Development & Well-Being observational rubric items
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Manipulatives
This booklet contains
  • Spiral bound Mathematics and Language & Literacy test item images
  • Mathematics and Language & Literacy card-stock manipulatives
Not included in the Kit:
  • A pencil and a blank sheet of paper (8.5” x 11”), one per child, for Items 28 and 29
  • Item score sheets (also available to teachers in KReady online system)
  • Guidelines on Allowable Supports for Administration of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (also available to teachers in KReady online system)
 

KRA Contact: 

Program contact: Elizabeth.Sailer@education.ohio.gov