Ohio's Early Learning Assessment

Ohio, in partnership with Maryland, has developed an assessment for preschool-aged children called the Early Learning Assessment. The Early Learning Assessment is a part of Ohio's Ready for Kindergarten Assessment System, a joint project of Ohio's Department of Education and Department of Job and Family Services. 

The assessment is designed to aid teachers in determining where children are in their readiness for kindergarten. The Early Learning Assessment will provide information for teachers about children from early preschool to kindergarten.

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

Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards (birth to kindergarten entry) are the basis for the Early Learning Assessment.  The assessment focuses on seven areas of a child’s growth and development:

  • Social Foundations (including social and emotional development, and approaches toward learning)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language and Literacy
  • Physical Well-being and Motor Development
  • Fine Arts
Programs serving children funded by Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Preschool Special Education (PSE) are required to complete the ELA and report scores for fall and spring administration windows. For the 2020-21 school year only, the minimum requirement has changed. Instead of 10 Required Learning Progressions, programs must complete 10 items (skill, knowledge, and behavior). There is one item for each of the previously required Learning Progressions. Programs will continue to report on the same 10 Learning Progressions for funded children, but the scores will represent one item in each progression only. For the 2020-2021 school year only, the 10 required items will also meet the SUTQ comprehensive assessment requirement. 

ELA Required for 2020-2021


There are four assessment windows for each 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 that receive ECE or PSE funding must report the 10-Required Learning Progressions during the fall and spring windows. Programs are encouraged to use the assessment during the winter and summer windows.

Learn more about Ohio's Early Learning Assessment



Last Modified: 11/20/2020 3:05:42 PM