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Kindergarten through Third Grade Assessment


This webinar will begin at 2:00.

  • While you are waiting, please:

    • mute your sound

    • locate the question box in the webinar task panel on the right side of your screen

  • If you have a question during the webinar, please:

    • use the question box to post your question. Questions will be answered via Q&A that will be posted on the K-3 Assessment wiki.

      This presentation & other resources are available on the NCDPI K-3 Assessment wiki:

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Office of Early Learning

March 2013

Kindergarten through Third Grade AssessmentRace to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant

Welcome & Introductions

Who’s out there?

Polling Directions

Today’s Goals

  • Gauge current awareness of field

  • Become aware of the K-3 Assessment development process

  • Learn about upcoming opportunities for stakeholder involvement

If you have a question…

NCDPI K-3 Assessment Wiki

K-3 Assessment Project Overview


Meeting the Needs of All Children

Race to the Top--Early Learning Challenge Grant

From NCSession Law 2012-142

  • 115C-83.1E. Developmental screening and kindergarten entry assessment.

    • Shall address the five domains of readiness

    • Administered at the classroom level

    • Aligned to ELDS and NCSCOS

    • Reliable, valid and appropriate

    • Shall be used to inform entry status, instruction, reduction in achievement gap, and the early childhood system

    • Completed within 60 days of enrollment

From NCSession Law 2012-142

  • 115C-174.11 Components of the testing program.

    • Assessment Instruments for K-3

      • The State Board of Education shall develop, adopt, and provide developmentally appropriate individualized assessment instruments for Kindergarten through Third Grade.

      • LEAs shall use these assessment instruments… to assess progress, diagnose difficulties, & inform instruction and remediation needs


Get Ready to Poll!

The K-3 Assessment is...

  • benchmark

  • summative

  • formative

  • all of the above

  • none of the above

K-3 Assessment Vision

  • Formative Assessment

    • A process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoingteaching and learning to help students improve their achievement of intended instructional outcomes.


Formative Assessment

  • The K-3 Assessment:

    • will be used by both teachers and students.

    • will be ongoing.

    • will be embedded in daily instruction.

    • will gather information using multiple means.

      • E.g., observations, conversations, work samples, tasks, etc.

    • will include data from multiple sources.

      • Teachers & Support Staff

      • Families

      • Community Members (e.g., pediatricians)

Get Ready to Poll!

Which of the following statements about the K-3 Assessment is TRUE?

  • It will include a separate Kindergarten Entry Assessment.

  • It does not include a kindergarten entry assessment.

  • It includes a Kindergarten Entry Assessment Process.


K-3 Assessment Vision

  • The K-3 Assessment:

    • will include a Kindergarten Entry Assessment Process

      • will generate a Child Profile

        • will be completed within 60 days of entry

        • will address requirements for screening for Reading & Mathematics

      • will be the initial administration of K-3 Assessment

Get Ready to Poll!

Which statement is TRUE?

  • It is not intended for use with Dual Language Learners.

  • It will be accessible to the greatest number of children.

  • It will be used to evaluate intervention and support programs.


The K-3 Assessment:

  • must be constructed in accordance with the principles of Universal Design

  • will be accessible to, valid, and appropriate for the greatest number of children.

  • will be developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate

  • will provide information about children with high needs to inform support programs

  • may still need accommodations for children with disabilities, but this need should be minimized

  • Get Ready to Poll!

    The K-3 Assessment is designed to…

    • determine teacher effectiveness

    • evaluate preschool programs

    • determine readiness for Kindergarten Entry

    • all of the above

    • none of the above

    Guiding Principles

    • Rather than determine teacher effectiveness, it will support teacher effectiveness by:

      • informing targeted professional development in multiple content areas

      • promoting reflective practice

      • encouraging collaborative decision making

    Guiding Principles

    • Rather than evaluating preschool programs, it will informadditional supports for preschool programs & teachers

      • Funding

      • Professional development

      • Policy development

    Guiding Principles

    • Rather than determining readiness for kindergarten entry, the data collected will:

      • provide a better picture of the whole child as they enter Kindergarten

      • support instruction

      • help schools be more ready for children entering Kindergarten

    Guiding Principles

    • The K-3 assessment will include safeguards to prevent misuse of information in decisions made about individual students:

      • Examples

        • eligibility for kindergarten

        • retention decisions

    Get Ready to Poll!

    The K-3 Assessment will only assess mathematics and reading.

    • True

    • False

    K-3 Assessment Vision

    • The K-3 assessment will recognize the importance of all Five Domains of Learning

      • Approaches to Learning

      • Cognitive Development

      • Emotional & Social Development

      • Health & Physical Development

      • Language & Communication Development

    The K-3 Assessment will:

    • address the integrated nature of learning and development

    • align with:

      • the NC Standard Course of Study (Common Core State Standards & Essential Standards)

      • the NC Early Learning and Development Standards

    In Summary

    • The K-3 Assessment:

      • includes Kindergarten through Third Grade

      • addresses 5 domains of learning & development

      • formative in nature

      • embedded in daily instruction

      • guides planning & instructional practices

      • collects data in multiple ways

      • is not used to make high-stakes accountability decisions

      • informs early grades reform


    K-3 Assessment Work Structures

    • Think Tank

      • Researchers, scholars, practitioners, policy makers & consultants

      • Visionary

        • Sparks revolutionary thinking

        • Imagines the possibilities

        • Generates claims identifying the big ideas

        • Makes recommendations

    K-3 Assessment Work Structures

    • Assessment Design Team

      • Educators, families, IHE, content specialists, psychometrician(s), DPI staff, consultants

      • Assessment Development Work Groups

        • Analyze input from various stakeholders

        • Operationalizethe Think Tank Recommendations

        • Create assessment

        • Make revisions based on input & feedback

    K-3 Assessment Work Structures

    • Implementation Design Team

      • educators, families, administrators, external partners/stakeholders, consultants, DPI staff

      • Implementers

        • Establish State Implementation Capacity

        • Guide Scalability and Sustainability

        • Focus on organization and system change

          • State

          • Region

          • District


    Our Proposed Timeline

    Working Together

    Upcoming Opportunities

    • Surveys

      • Kindergarten Teachers

        • 2,500 Responses!

    • Webinars

      • District Administrators

        • Thursday, March 28: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    • Focus Groups

      • East & West

    Pre-K to 3rd Grade Teacher Focus Groups




    Buncombe County












    Thomasville City



    • Bertie

    • Cumberland

    • Durham

    • Greene

    • Harnett

    • Johnston

    • Lee

    • Martin

    • New Hanover

    • Onslow

    • Pitt

    • Robeson

    • Sampson

    • Vance

    • Wake

    • Washington

    More to Come!

    NCDPI K-3 Assessment Wiki

    Office of Early Learning Listserv


    Catherine Woodall

    Cynthia Dewey

    Karen Lounsbury

    Darlene Germano

    Nancy Costello

    Erika Beattie

    Jami Graham

    Leslie Simmons

    Contact Information

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