Kindergarten students enter school with a wide variety of skills and at various stages of development. During the first few days and weeks of the school year, all kindergarten students are assessed to learn about their strengths and needs to help teachers plan instruction.
One tool is the Kindergarten Initial Assessment, which measures skills in literacy, math, physical, personal, and social skills.
The Kindergarten Initial Assessment is not a “test”. It’s a way to measure a child’s skills at the start of kindergarten so that teachers can get to know each individual student.
Here are some of the skills measured in the Kindergarten Initial Assessment:
Some students cannot be assessed via the Kindergarten Initial Assessment because of disabilities; teachers assess these students in other ways. Spanish-speaking students with limited English proficiency can sometimes be assessed in Spanish.
Teachers at traditional-calendar schools and with Tracks 1, 2, and 3 at year-round schools are asked to enter assessment results for all students by the first week in October (Track 4 schools have a later schedule).
Your child’s teacher should meet with you to review your kindergartner’s initial assessment, perhaps at a fall conference.