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Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Resources

As you work with children and families who are getting ready for kindergarten, you may find the help you need in the following resources offered by the Ohio Department of Education's Office of Early Learning and School Readiness and other sources.

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  1. The Ohio Department of Education has developed this page to support teachers and families as children prepare and enter Kindergarten. Here you can find a link to the assessment used to dentify early reading skills of pre-kindergarten and beginning kindergarten children using the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment -Literacy (KRA-L), offered by ODE.
    Topics: General — Home-School Connections, Family Communication, Assessment and Evaluation Resource Type:  Research and Reference Ages:  4-5
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  2. This short and simple essay offers basic information about assesment to teachers of young children. It focuses on functions, components, documentation, and strategies of authentic assessment.
    Topics: General — Assessment and Evaluation Resource Type:  Assessments Ages:  4-5
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  3. This publication is the first of a pair of booklets commissioned by the Mathematical Sciences Education Board to help teachers, supervisors, and principals address issues related to teaching and testing in mathematics. This first booklet focuses on professional development related to assessment.
    Topics: Mathematics.  General — Assessment and Evaluation Resource Type:  Research and Reference
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  4. This online assessment resource is designed for professional development providers. Divided into two parts, this module begins with a brief introduction to assessment that includes an expert interview on the importance of assessment, an overview of the different types of assessments, and strategies for using rubrics.
    Topics: General — Assessment and Evaluation Resource Type:  Research and Reference
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  5. This article on kindergarten readiness is a simple reflection and discussion of what families can do as they prepare children to start school. Susan Goldbeck, professor of education at Rutgers University suggests that families not worry about doing "workbook" kinds of activities, but that look for ways to support their children's literacy, mathematics, and social development...
    Topics: General — Creating Healthy and Supportive Environments, Home-School Connections, Family Communication Resource Type:  Research and Reference, Parent Resource Ages:  4-5
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  6. Transitioning to Kindergarten is a big step for parents and young children alike. Getting ready early makes the early days of kindergarten go smoothly and gets the year off to a good start.
    Topics: Mathematics.  Science.  Reading and Language Arts.  General — Assessment and Evaluation.  Social Studies Resource Type:  Research and Reference, Parent Resource Ages:  4-5
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  7. This Observation and Activity Guide provides the information needed to use the Checklist which is a record keeping booklet for teachers that includes check boxes for language, cognition, phonological awareness, print knowledge, mathematics, social/emotional and physical development. It is part of Transitioning to Kindergarten: A Toolkit for Early Childhood Educators at the Get Ready to...
    Topics: General — Assessment and Evaluation Resource Type:  Research and Reference Ages:  4-5
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  8. This resource provides seven parent handout sections for Transitioning to Kindergarten: A Toolkit for Early Childhood that educators can use to reach out to families of four and five year olds who are preparing to attend Kindergarten and "big school" soon. The handouts list "what to look for" as children get ready for kindergarten and also...
    Topics: Reading and Language Arts — Communication, Listening Skills, Speaking Skills, Songs and Poems, Oral Language Development Resource Type:  Research and Reference, Parent Resource Ages:  4-5
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  9. This resources is based on the 2003 Joint Position Statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAEYC/SDE). It includes the statement of position, recommendations, and indicators of effectiveness of the position statement, as well as an overview of...
    Topics: General — Assessment and Evaluation Resource Type:  Research and Reference Ages:  0-5
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  10. The Authentic Assessment Toolbox offer how-to information about creating authentic tasks, rubrics, and standards for measuring and improving student learning. Author Jon Mueller includes detailed, practical application chapters: (1) What is it?; (2) Why do it?; (3) How do you do it?; (4) Standards; (5) Tasks; (6) Rubrics; (7) Portfolios; (8) Examples; (9) Glossary; and (10)
    Topics: Reading and Language Arts.  General — Assessment and Evaluation Resource Type:  Research and Reference
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