According to the BUILD Initiative, a kindergarten entry assessment process is an organized way to learn what children entering kindergarten know and are able to do, including their disposition toward learning.
In Ohio, starting with the 2014-15 school year, a new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) replaced the previously used KRA-L (Kindergarten Readiness Assessment - Literacy). The new KRA includes more domains of school readiness: social foundations; physical well-being and motor development; language and literacy; mathematics; science; and social studies.
All kindergarten children take the KRA during the first weeks of the school year. Students do not experience the KRA as a test. Instead, the assessment is a combination of teacher observations of everyday activities and students' answers to questions. The results of the KRA provide a starting point for each child, and do not prevent any child from entering kindergarten.
The language and literacy portion of the KRA also meets the reading diagnostic assessment requirement of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee (TGRG). Learn more about the TGRG, and how public libraries can support students, parents, and educators, on the Ohio Public Libraries and Student Learning resource provided by ORTR.
Extensive information and additional resources about the KRA, including an overview for families and an FAQ for parents and caregivers, may be found on the Ohio Department of Education website. Librarians may wish to distribute the Welcome to Kindergarten Family Resource document (link downloads a PDF) from the ODE.
Librarians may also want to share the preschool and kindergarten parent/caregiver tipsheets provided by Reading 'Round the Clock, a partnership of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association, INFOhio, Ohio PTA, and State Library of Ohio.
See the BUILD Initiative website for more information about kindergarten entry assessments.