Ohio’s New Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

Presenters: Stephanie Siddens, Director, ODE Office of Early Learning and School Readiness; Sophie Hubbell, RttT Early Learning Challenge Grant Assessment Coordinator, ODE Office of Early Learning and School Readiness; Tamara Otto, Senior Program Coordinator and Instructor, Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education

Pictured (from left to right): Sophie Hubbell, Stephanie Siddens, Tamara Otto

Pictured (from left to right): Sophie Hubbell, Stephanie Siddens, Tamara Otto

Summary: Ohio’s new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment will measure many aspects of a child’s growth.  This work is being completed through a partnership between Maryland and Ohio. The resulting work will culminate in a new Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment System that includes a Kindergarten Entry Assessment, formative assessments (for ages 36-72 months) and recommended developmental screening instruments. As part of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment System, this new test will capture information about social foundations, physical well-being and motor development, language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and the arts. The system is aligned to both states’ guidelines and standards for young children.

The system is designed to be maximally accessible to young children with a wide range of background experiences and developmental needs.  These needs include students with disabilities and English language learners.

Benefits of the system include its measurement of growth over time and, in the future, its delivery to be partially delivered via technology.

There are three item types for the Kindergarten Entry Assessment:

  1. Observation Rubrics
  2. Performance Tasks – These have an element of observation, but will be more scripted.  It involves setting up a scenario for the child.
  3. Selected Response – A child is provided with manipulatives. For example, a child may be asked to identify a set of shapes.

Data collected will be used to:

  • Inform prior early learning and development stakeholders
  • Identify individual children’s needs and provide necessary supports to children and teachers
  • Assist teachers in data-driven instructional decision making at the child and classroom level
  • Provide families with information about their children’s learning and development
Kindergarten Assessment Timeline

Kindergarten Assessment Timeline

Administration Timeline 

  • Required Fall & Spring administration model
  • Optional continuous use model throughout year
  • Only required in preschool. It is optional in Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Entry Assessment

  • Administration Window: First day of school through Nov. 1

For More Information: Visit the Early Childhood Ohio website here. Additional information on Early Childhood programs is available here.

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2 thoughts on “Ohio’s New Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

  1. Kathy Colasanti

    The session on the KEA was excellent, but there weren’t enough handouts for participants, when will they be posted?



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