Early Learning Assessment for Teachers


Ohio’s Early Learning Assessment (ELA) is a tool for teachers of preschool-age children to identify the current level of each child’s skills, knowledge and behaviors in the areas of Social Foundations, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Well-Being and Motor Development, as well as the Fine Arts.





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


Nov 15 - Feb 14


Feb 15 - May 14


May 15 - Aug 14

Programs that are required to use the Early Learning Assessment must administer the Ten Required Learning Progressions during the fall and spring windows. 


There are several professional development opportunities for early care and education professionals to learn about the Early Learning Assessment and professionals should choose the training that best fits their needs and use of the Early Learning Assessment. Trainings for the Early Learning Assessment are 100% virtual. Educators who will use the Early Learning Assessment to make scoring decisions must successfully complete the Early Learning Assessment (ELA) Initial Training that includes demonstrating reliability on a video simulator and passing a content knowledge test.  The ELA 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. 
Please send all questions about ELA training to ELAHelp@education.ohio.gov

The Early Learning Assessment (ELA) Initial Training is for new users who have not previously completed an ELA training. It is designed for early childhood professionals that will be observing, assessing, and scoring the ELA. Participants will need an account in the Ready for Kindergarten Online system (also known as KReady). Participants must attend all sessions in their cohort and pass a content assessment and a reliability assessment to receive credit. 

Cohort 1

Session 1:

Jan. 12
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session 2:

Jan. 19
9 a.m. – noon

Session 3:

Jan. 26
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cohort 2

Sessions 1 & 2:

Feb. 3
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (break 11:30 a.m. – noon)

Session 3:

Feb. 10
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cohort 3

Sessions 1 & 2: Mar. 3

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (break 11:30 a.m. – noon)

Session 3:

Mar. 10
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cohort 4

Sessions 1 & 2: Apr. 7

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (break 11:30 a.m. – noon)

Session 3:

Apr. 14
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m


Click here to register.

Access Ready for Kindergarten Online System (KReady)

Registered ODE- and OJDFS-licensed programs access the system at http://ohio.kready.org/login.  If your program is new to using the KReady system, the program administrator should contact the Help Desk for assistance on getting started.  Please call ELA Help Desk at 844-K12-OHIO (844-512-6446) or visit http://www.ohio-k12.help/.

Last Modified: 2/22/2023 9:11:40 AM