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Early Learning Assessments

10/9/2018

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)

Public districts and schools will continue to administer the current KRA. Senate Bill 216 did not eliminate or require changing the KRA. Section 5 of the bill does require the Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment Advisory Group, by Sept. 1st, 2019, to study and make recommendations on ways to improve the use and administration of the assessment.

 
2018 KRA Timeline

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

 
2018 KRA Enhancements

Please subscribe to Early Learning and KRA Updates via GovDelivery. The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness will share information about KReady system improvements and implementation regularly throughout the assessment window.

 KReady enhancements for teachers
Teachers will experience new features in the KReady system for the 2018 KRA administration. These new features include:

  • An optional new data entry method;
  • The ability to access a student’s language and literacy scale score as soon as the domain is completed;
  • Verifying that app scores are loaded into the KReady system;
  • Accessing the KRA app through a web browser, eliminating the need to download the app;
  • A way to quickly monitor completion with new dashboard views.
Learn more about these features by reviewing this brief KRA 2018 Refresher.
 
KReady enhancements for data managers
The KReady system has been through many technical developments. Highlights to the technical development list include:
  • Updated Point of Authority for intradistrict transfers – Point of Authority (POA) will be assigned automatically to the last location the student is associated to for transfers within a district;
  • A new data cleanup report that includes student and enrollment data;
  • ISRs will be available as a PDF zip package for districts after the Nov. 1 deadline when all ISRs are generated;
  • Data managers now have access to the same Domain Data Export that is available to teachers;
  • KReady accounts not accessed within 365 days will be marked inactive;
  • API enhancements for local access issues with the KRA app;
  • KRA Headless File Watcher;
  • Improved data visualizations of KRA data for teacher, school and district admins.

Assessment Data Manager Role

Each participating school or district must assign an Assessment Data Manager-Preschool and Kindergarten in OEDS. To learn how to assign roles in OEDS, please see this Assigning Roles guidance document found on the OEDS webpage here.
 

Allowable Supports for Assessment Administration

The Guidelines on Allowable Supports for Administration of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment is located at this link. Please check the guidelines for a list of universally designed allowances to be used, if needed, with any student participating in the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.
 
If the universally designed allowances are not sufficient to enable children with disabilities or English learners to demonstrate their skills and knowledge, the teacher should use the appropriate “Level the Field” supports described in the Guidelines on Allowable Supports for Administration of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment document.
 

KRA App Proctor

An education support professional or untrained teacher who is an employee of the school system may serve as a KRA app proctor if he or she reviews the proctor guidelines and signs a nondisclosure agreement. The role of the KRA app proctor is to sit with a student and monitor the student as he or she completes the app items. The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment – Proctor Guidelines and nondisclosure agreement are found here.
 

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, 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 are not required to take any additional training to administer the KRA during the 2018-2019 school year.
 
Not previously trained? One of the following is required to administer the KRA in fall 2018:

  • 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.  

Teachers will need to register in STARS to secure a spot for training. They will find the trainings in STARS using the keyword KRA.
 

Teacher Accounts in the Online Ready for Kindergarten System (KReady)

If you have a teacher, principal, or user who has a new email address and it needs to be updated within the Ready for Kindergarten Online system, you MUST update the user’s email address manually within the system before completing any uploads in bulk using the teachers template.
 
To update a user’s email address, locate the individual on the ‘Users’ page. Click the “Open” button next to the individual and edit the Email Address field. Click the “Save” button. If you do not update email addresses manually before completing any uploads in bulk using the teachers template, you will create another account for the individual with the new email address rather than updating the individual’s current account since the bulk loader and SFTP functionality match on user email address. KReady Support has directions for data managers to update email information in the KRA system.
 

KRA Administration Materials

You can destroy the 2014-2015 KRA administration materials because they are no longer in use. Please ensure your current 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and/or 2017-2018 KRA administration materials are securely stored, as they will be used again for the fall 2018 administration. Some schools and districts might need additional or new administration materials for next school year.
 
Please fill out this 2018 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Order Form to order replacement Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Kits for trained teachers.
 
Children who are blind or visually impaired represent a wide range of sightedness. As a result, 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 should also check the individualized education program (IEP) for any accommodations and/or modifications. Please fill out this 2018 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Alternative Text Assessment Order Form to order The Alternative Text Assessment 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
  • 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)

 
Previous Year KRA Data

School districts can find KRA data for 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the KReady system. The KRA Data Manager Guide includes directions for retrieving data reports using the archive. A school district can find KRA data for 2014 in its superintendent’s SAFE account in the Collaboration Center. We have provided Directions for Finding KRA Data on SAFE. Public access to KRA data is available in the Download Data tab on the Ohio School Reports Cards page. We also have provided Directions for Finding Released Ohio KRA Data.

 

For more information
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Website
KRAHelp@education.ohio.gov
 
KRA Help Desk:
http://www.ohio-k12.help/
 
Contact Information:
Elizabeth.Sailer@education.ohio.gov
Kimberly.Davis@education.ohio.gov