Early Learning Assessment for Teachers

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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.

 

RESOURCES

FORMS

ASSESSMENT WINDOWS​

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

Fall:

Aug 15 - Nov 14

Winter: 

Nov 15 - Feb 14

Spring: 

Feb 15 - May 14

Summer:

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. 


Training 

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). For Spring 2022, participants for the Early Learning Assessment (ELA) Virtual Initial Training will register by completing the registration link found in the ELA Training Schedule Spring 2022 schedule. For Fall 2022, participants for the ELA Virtual Initial Training will register by completing the registration link found in the ELA Training Schedule Fall 2022 schedule.

The Early Learning Assessment for Support Teachers is designed specifically for assistant teachers, paraprofessionals, and educational aides. This online training is for anyone who will be supporting a fully ELA-trained teacher with using the ELA. This training provides an overview of the Early Learning Assessment and focuses on observational assessment concepts including how to document observational evidence. Registration can be done through the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) at registry.occrra.org. For Winter-Spring 2022, the ELA Support Teacher Training 2022 schedule lists dates, times, and ST numbers needed to register. For Fall 2022, the ELA Support Teacher Training Fall 2022 schedule lists dates, times, and ST numbers needed to register. Educators will need to register using the ST number.

The ELA Technology Virtual Training is for educators who have completed the 9-hour Early Learning Assessment (ELA) training in a previous year but who have not completed the Content and Simulation Assessments to receive a certificate. Participants will need an account in the Ready for Kindergarten Online system (also known as KReady). Registration can be done through the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) at registry.occrra.org. For Winter-Spring 2022, the ELA Technology Virtual Training schedule lists dates, times, and ST numbers needed to register. For Fall 2022, the ELA Technology Virtual Training Fall 2022 schedule lists dates, times, and ST numbers needed to register. Educators will need to register using the ST number.


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: 6/7/2022 2:41:05 PM