Early Learning Assessment for Administrators

ECE-Teacher-with-Two-Children.jpgOhio’s Early Learning Assessment (ELA) is an observational assessment consisting of skill progressions aligned to Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards. The Early Learning Assessment covers seven domains of school readiness: Social Foundations, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Well-Being and Motor Development, and Fine Arts. 



Implementation Tools


Assessment Data Manager Role

A data manager is the individual who has access to teacher and student demographic information for the Early Learning Assessment. It is this person’s responsibility to add teachers, students, and enrollment data to the Ready for Kindergarten Online system.  To establish a Data Manager account in the Ready for Kindergarten online system, an individual must be selected by the program or district to serve in this capacity. For all ODE licensed programs, the OEDS administrator must assign an Assessment Data Manager-Preschool and Kindergarten in the Ohio Educational Directory System (OEDS).  


Data Manager Training

Archived webinars for Data Managers are available here.  


The Early Learning Assessment can be used at any time throughout the calendar year. The year is divided into four assessment windows:


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, ECE and PSE programs 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.


Archived Webinars
Ohio K12 Help archives webinars for the early care and education programs that are using the Ohio Early Learning Assessment. The webinars can be accessed here

Early Learning Assessment Training

Educators, including any early care and education professionals*, who will make scoring decisions using the Early Learning Assessment must attend and successfully complete training. Successfully completion includes demonstrating reliability on a video simulator and passing a content knowledge test.  Administrators may choose any program staff to attend the ELA training. 

Early Learning Assessment trainings are only open to educators employed in early childhood programs licensed by either the Ohio Department of Education or the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. 

*Early care and education professionals include but are not limited to teachers, lead teachers, assistant teachers, classroom aides, paraprofessionals, early care professionals, educators, early childhood teachers, early childhood intervention specialists, supervisors, itinerant teachers, directors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school psychologists, speech/language pathologists, data managers, other staff members identified by the program.

Early Learning Assessment Materials

Electronic materials are available from the Ready for Kindergarten Online (KReady) Professional Development site. For more information on how to access the materials and printing guidance, please click here.

Printed copies of Ohio's Comprehensive Early Learning Assessment (ELA) and/or Ohio's ELA Ten Required Learning Progressions are now available. Administrators, data managers or test coordinators in OEDS or OCLQS can order materials by completing the Early Learning Assessment Order Form.

The Comprehensive Early Learning Assessment  is the full version of the ELA tool, including seven domains of growth and development, 32 learning progressions, 72 skills, knowledge and behaviors (SKBs); this version also includes the embedded adaptations. 

The Ten Required Learning Progressions is the version of the ELA tool that includes a subset of the 10 learning progressions (24 SKBs) that are required for ECE grantee and PSE programs. 

The Early Learning Assessment - Adaptations follow the same Learning Progressions and level descriptors as the full ELA and can be found in the Comprehensive Early Learning Assessment . The Adaptations is a subset and provide examples of possible observational variations of each SKB for children with identified disabilities and for children who are developing differently from expected norms and not yet identified as having a disability. These examples include the use of alternate communication techniques and assistive devices, providing those implementing the ELA with a broader scope for the SKBs exhibited across all domains of the ELA. Early learning professionals are encouraged to refer to these adaptations when interpreting observational evidence, recognizing that children with disabilities might display the developmental SKBs in a different manner. 

Access Ready for Kindergarten Online (KReady)

Registered ODE- and OJDFS-licensed programs access the system at http://ohio.kready.org/login

  • The Ready for Kindergarten Online system (also called KReady) is now open for data managers to load students, teachers and enrollment.

  • Teachers will be able to access the system once they have an account from their Data Manager.

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