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Kindergarten through third grade assessment

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.

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North carolina department of public instruction office of early learning march 2013

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

Welcome & Introductions

Who s out there

Who’s out there?

Polling directions

Polling Directions

Today s goals

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

If you have a question…

Ncdpi k 3 assessment wiki

NCDPI K-3 Assessment Wiki

K 3 assessment project overview

K-3 Assessment Project Overview

Kindergarten through third grade assessment


Meeting the needs of all children

Meeting the Needs of All Children

Race to the top early learning challenge grant

Race to the Top--Early Learning Challenge Grant

From nc session law 2012 142

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 nc session law 2012 1421

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

Kindergarten through third grade assessment


Get ready to poll

Get Ready to Poll!

The k 3 assessment is

The K-3 Assessment is...

  • benchmark

  • summative

  • formative

  • all of the above

  • none of the above

K 3 assessment vision

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

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 poll1

Get Ready to Poll!

Which of the following statements about the k 3 assessment is true

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 vision1

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 poll2

Get Ready to Poll!

Which statement is true

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

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 poll3

    Get Ready to Poll!

    The k 3 assessment is designed to

    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

    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 principles1

    Guiding Principles

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

      • Funding

      • Professional development

      • Policy development

    Guiding principles2

    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 principles3

    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 poll4

    Get Ready to Poll!

    The k 3 assessment will only assess mathematics and reading

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

    • True

    • False

    K 3 assessment vision2

    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

    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

    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

    Kindergarten through third grade assessment


    K 3 assessment work structures

    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 structures1

    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 structures2

    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

    Kindergarten through third grade assessment


    Our proposed timeline

    Our Proposed Timeline

    Working together

    Working Together

    Upcoming opportunities

    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 3 rd grade teacher focus groups

    Pre-K to 3rd Grade Teacher Focus Groups




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    • Sampson

    • Vance

    • Wake

    • Washington

    More to Come!

    Ncdpi k 3 assessment wiki1

    NCDPI K-3 Assessment Wiki

    Office of early learning listserv

    Office of Early Learning Listserv


    Kindergarten through third grade assessment

    Catherine Woodall

    Cynthia Dewey

    Karen Lounsbury

    Darlene Germano

    Nancy Costello

    Erika Beattie

    Jami Graham

    Leslie Simmons

    Contact information

    Contact Information

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