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Gkids 2012 13 pre administration workshop

GKIDS 2012-13Pre-Administration Workshop

Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills

Gkids purpose
GKIDS: Purpose

  • Provides teachers with ongoing diagnostic information about kindergarten students’ developing skills in language arts, math, science, social studies, personal/social development, approaches to learning and motor skills.

  • Provides a summary of individual student performance at the end of the kindergarten school year as an indicator of first grade readiness.

What is assessed
What is Assessed?

GPS Content Areas

  • ELA

  • Math

  • Social Studies (optional)

  • Science (optional)

    Non-Academic Dimensions of Learning

  • Personal/Social Development

  • Approaches to Learning

  • Motor Skills (optional)

Assessing the gps using performance levels
Assessing the GPS usingPerformance Levels

ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science standards will be assessed using 2-5 performance levels for each element. The number of performance levels was determined by the GKIDS Advisory Committee and is based on the range of student performance that can be observed for each element.

Performance Levels

  • Not Yet Demonstrated

  • Emerging

  • Progressing

  • Meets the Standard

  • Exceeds the Standard

Transition to ccgps
Transition to CCGPS

During the 2012 – 2013 school year, Georgia will be transitioning to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) in ELA in grades K – 12 and in Mathematics in grades K – 9.

Students in these grades and subjects will receive instruction on CCGPS in ELA and Mathematics.

Gkids changes for 2012 13
GKIDS Changes for 2012-13

Given that Georgia’s testing programs should mirror and align to the CCGPS . . .

  • The ELA and Math standards for GKIDS are now aligned to the CCGPS.

  • There are new standards, performance level descriptions, and assessment activities for ELA and Math.

  • The GKIDS website has been updated to include the new ELA and Math standards.

  • The strand, standard, and skill/element level reports have also been revised to match the new standards in ELA and Math.

What hasn t changed
What Hasn’t Changed

  • Science and Social Studies remain based on GPS – there are no changes to GKIDS in these areas.

  • Approaches to Learning, Personal/Social Development, and Motor Skills remain unchanged.

  • The functionality and structure of the GKIDS web application has not change.

  • The Performance Level categories remain unchanged.

    • Not Yet Demonstrated

    • Emerging

    • Progressing

    • Meets the Standard

    • Exceeds the Standard

Gkids administration manual
GKIDS Administration Manual

  • The 2012-13 Manual was revised to reflect the CCGPS standards in ELA and Math.

  • ELA and Math Sections updated to include:

    • GGCPS Standards and Skills

    • Performance Level Descriptions

    • Assessment Activities

  • Sample reports include the new standards for ELA and Math.

Sample ela standard and performance levels
Sample ELA Standard and Performance Levels

Standard: ELACCKRF1: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.

Skill: a. Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page-by-page.

Sample math standard and performance levels
Sample Math Standard and Performance Levels

Standard: MCCK.CC.1: Count to 100 by ones and by tens.

Format and activity options
Format and Activity Options

Activities Options

  • Teacher may assess by observing student performance during the course of regular classroom instruction or by an assessment activity of the teacher’s choice.

    • Sample activities have been developed for each GPS standard by the advisory committee

    • Activities are included in the GKIDS Administration Manual

Gkids data entry and reporting website

GKIDS Data Entry and Reporting Website


Data entry and reporting website
Data Entry and Reporting Website

Web-based electronic data entry and reporting system available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: https://gkids.tsars.uga.edu/start

Allows teachers to enter and manage data throughout the school year.

Teacher can enter data by student or by element for the entire class.

Teachers can generate student or class reports at any time during the year (on-screen and pdf options).

Instructional planning

Report cards, Progress Reports, and SST

Parent conferences

Login and passwords
Login and Passwords

  • All system coordinator, school coordinator and teacher information in the website from the 2011-12 school year will remain intact unless requested otherwise by systems.

  • School Coordinators should assign login names and passwords to new teachers at the beginning of the school year.

  • System Coordinators should assign login names and passwords to new school coordinators at the beginning of the school year.

  • If you are a new system test coordinator, please contact GCA or DOE for assistance.

  • Contact GCA if you have moved to a new school/system from last year.

System test coordinator responsibilities
System Test Coordinator Responsibilities

  • Your main role is to manage user accounts for school test coordinators at each school in your system that has Kindergarten teachers.

  • During the school year, you will be able to view system, school and class reports and search for reports on individual students.

  • Login names and passwords from 2011-12 are still valid unless requested otherwise by systems.

  • New system coordinators should contact GCA or DOE to receive a login and password.

  • System Test Coordinators are responsible for making certain that schools in the system meet the reporting deadlines.

Adding new schools to gkids database
Adding New Schools to GKIDS Database

  • Please contact Jeremy Granade at GCA if your system has a new school with kindergarten students this school year.

    • jgranade@uga.edu

    • (888) 392-8977

  • Include your system, the new school name and the new school’s facility code.

School test coordinator responsibilities
School Test Coordinator Responsibilities

  • Your main role is to manage user accounts for the teachers at your school.

  • Login names and passwords from 2011-12 are still valid unless requested otherwise by systems.

  • During the school year, you will be able to view school and class reports and search for reports on individual students.

  • Be prepared to answer questions for the school about navigating the GKIDS Data Entry and Reporting website.

  • School Test Coordinators are responsible for making certain that teachers meet the reporting deadlines.

Teacher responsibilities
Teacher Responsibilities

  • Add your students to the database.

  • Enter student data in the required domains.

    • All English Language Arts elements

    • All Math elements

    • All Approaches to Learning elements

    • All Personal/Social Development elements.

  • Remove students from your class list if they move to a new school.

  • Generate student and class reports throughout the year as needed.

Ethnic race entry
Ethnic/Race Entry

  • In order to comply with federal regulations, please enter the following ethnic/race demographic information…

  • Select One of the Following Ethnicities:

    • Hispanic

    • Non-Hispanic

  • Select all of the following that apply:

    • American Indian/Alaskan Native  

    • Asian  

    • Black/African American  

    • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander  

    • White  

Releasing students
Releasing Students

  • Use the “Remove from Roster” link to release a student who transfers out of your class.

  • This does not delete the student from the GKIDS database; it simply takes the student off your class list.

  • The new student’s new teacher can acquire the student ONLY after he/she is released.

  • If you enter a student’s information incorrectly when adding a new student, DO NOT remove the student from your roster

  • Use the “EDIT PROFILE” feature to correct student information.

Use student search to acquire students
Use Student Search to Acquire Students

  • If a student has transferred to your class, use the “STUDENT SEARCH” option to search for and acquire the student.

    • Go to Manage Students

    • Select option # 2 – Student Search

    • Enter the Student’s Name or GTID# and click search.

    • Click the “acquire link” that appears to the right of the name.

    • If there is no link, then the student hasn’t been released and you need to contact the school to ask them to release the student.

  • DO NOT use the “ADD NEW STUDENT” function to acquire a transfer student. Once a student is in the database, you cannot add him/her again as a new student.

    • the error message “stunum taken,” means that the GTID# has already been entered in the database.

Gkids reporting deadlines
GKIDS Reporting Deadlines

  • There is no reporting window at the beginning of the school year or in the middle of the school year unless required by the local system.

  • There will be a mid-year checkpoint in January to ensure that teachers are recording information in a timely manner.

  • Deadline for entering GKIDS Data for the 2012-2013 school year: May 10, 2013. Data received after the deadline will not be included in Summary Reports.

  • Student data will be entered at the GKIDS Data Entry Website: https://gkids.tsars.uga.edu/start

  • Required Domains: Language Arts, Math, Approaches to Learning, and Personal/Social Development.

  • There are no scannable forms to fill out.

End of the year reports
End-of-the-Year Reports

Teachers may select one of the individual student reports from the GKIDS website to use as the end-of-the-year report.

Strand Level

Standard Level

Element Level

Class, school, and system reports are also available on the GKIDS website.

GCA will generate system, and state summary reports.

Gnets facilities
GNETS Facilities

  • If you are a teacher at a GNETS Facility, please use the following procedures to ensure that any student assessed is included in the home school’s data summary:

    • Assess the student throughout the school year.

    • Before the end of the year deadline, release the student from your class list.

  • The school coordinator at the home school should do the following:

    • Create a teacher account with the username: gnets(school name)

    • Log in using that teacher login

    • Use the student search function to acquire the student to that teacher's list. This will place the student at the correct school for reporting purposes.

Gkids resources
GKIDS Resources

  • 2012-13 GKIDS Administration Manual

  • Quick Reference Guide for 2012-13

  • Parent Brochure

  • Sample Baseline Assessment

    • These resources are posted in the “Resource Box” on the GKIDS page of the GaDOE website. Go to http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/default.aspx and click on “Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS)” at the bottom of the page.

  • For instructional support, you may browse the GaDOE frameworks at: www.georgiastandards.org/Frameworks.

Gkids contacts
GKIDS Contacts

Bobbie Bable

Georgia Department of Education

Assessment and Accountability

(404) 657-6168


Jeremy Granade & Candace Langford

Georgia Center for Assessment

(888) 392-8977

jgranade@uga.edu, clangfor@uga.edu