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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.

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

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
ncdpi k 3 assessment wiki
NCDPI K-3 Assessment Wiki

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
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)
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.


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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
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
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
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
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
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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
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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ncdpi k 3 assessment wiki1
NCDPI K-3 Assessment Wiki

office of early learning listserv
Office of Early Learning Listserv

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