Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA)

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Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA)

Kindergarten entry assessment (KEA) is a one-time assessment designed to measure a child's skills and behaviors within the first few weeks of entering kindergarten. Using KEA data can help inform teachers and leaders of the number of children who are ready for school overall, as well as support instruction by meeting students where they are when they enter kindergarten.

KEAs should -

  • Be reliable and valid;
  • Be administered within the first few months of kindergarten;
  • Administered by Kindergarten teacher;
  • Align with state’s early learning and development standards;
  • Use results to support instruction and inform families; and
  • Cover the five Essential Domains of School Readiness.(Language and Literacy Development, Cognition and General Knowledge, Social and Emotional Development, Approaches to Learning, and Physical Well-Being and Motor Development)

Purpose - 

  • To inform instruction;
  • To inform families about their child’s skills and behaviors; and
  • To inform policy at the district and school levels.

Recommended Kindergarten Entry Assessment Tools

 

Kindergarten Observation Form (KOF) Pilot and Training

2022 KOF Training Information

The OOC is offering free virtual training for the first 500 kindergarten teachers who sign up to use the KOF. More than 100 kindergarten teachers participated last year and they can participate again this year.

Registration is open from March 17 through April 30, 2022. LEAs interested in participating in the KOF can apply for training by completing the Pilot Training registration form
  • Kindergarten teachers, school staff, and administrators can register for the KOF training.
  • Training is paid for by the state Preschool Development Grant and provided at no-cost to the school.
  • The LEA will receive a $100 stipend for each kindergarten teacher who successfully completes the training to help cover costs associated with attendance.
  • Virtual training will be approximately two hours. Multiple dates and times will be available in August 2022 for participants to choose from.
  • Once the registration period ends, LEAs will receive a link to select a training date and time.

2021 KOF Pilot Information

 

School Readiness

Children entering school for the first time bring with them a unique set of skills and behaviors based on personal characteristics and experiences. Thus, school readiness is different for every child. Although school readiness is often viewed from the Ready Child perspective, school readiness is much more complex and is affected by the interplay of multiple factors during the child’s early years.

School Readiness Indicators

Missouri Early Learning Standards (MELS)

Screening versus KEA

A Developmental Screening is a formal process using a tool to see if a child is meeting developmental milestones. It is completed by a healthcare provider, parent educator, or early childhood professional in collaboration with parents/legal guardians. Developmental screenings provide an opportunity for parents to understand their child’s development and learning which can significantly reduce the possibility that the child will have an undetected developmental delay.

A Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) is an assessment tool that serves as an indicator of a child’s skills and behaviors that can set a baseline of school readiness. Teachers and education professionals administer a KEA within the first few weeks of kindergarten. Using this data can help inform teachers and leaders of the number of children who are ready for school overall, as well as support instruction by meeting students where they are when they enter kindergarten.

Check out these resources for more information about the link between developmental screenings and preparing a child for school readiness:

The Link Between Developmental Milestones and Kindergarten Readiness Diagram

Developmental Screening versus KEA Presentation

Developmental Screening versus KEA Presentation Slides 

Screening and KEA Chart

Required Reporting

The LEA is required to report results of the KEA in the DESE MOSIS student data system in the October Cycle.

  • Item 329 - Kindergarten Readiness - districts report yes, no, or unknown as to whether the child has overall age-appropriate skills and behaviors that indicates the child is ready for kindergarten.
  • Item 348 - KG Physical Well-being and Motor - districts report yes, no, or unknown as to whether the child has age-appropriate physical abilities, including gross and fine motor skills.
  • Item 349 - KG Social and Emotional - districts report yes, no, or unknown as to whether the child has age-appropriate behaviors, including the ability to express emotions, build relationships with adults and peers, develop a sense of personal identity, and work cooperatively with others.
  • Item 350 - KG Cognition and General Knowledge - districts report yes, no, or unknown as to whether the child has age-appropriate thinking and problem-solving skills as well as knowledge about particular objects and the way the world works, including mathematical knowledge, abstract thought, and imagination.
  • Item 351 - KG Approaches Toward Learning - districts report yes, no, or unknown as to whether the child has age-appropriate use of skills and knowledge, including curiosity, creativity, confidence, persistence, and initiative.
  • Item 352 - KG Language and Literacy - districts report yes, no, or unknown as to whether the child has age-appropriate communication skills such as listening, speaking, and phonological awareness as well as early literacy skills for print awareness, story sense, early writing, and the connection of letters to sounds.

The LEA is required to report the KEA tool used to collect student entry information in the DESE Core Data system in the October Cycle.

  • Screen 36 – Kindergarten Readiness

Reporting Changes to Core Data and MOSIS - School Readiness Presentation

Reference Manual 2021-22: Core Data & MOSIS