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Overview of Kindergarten School Readiness in Colorado
Welcome & Overview
Welcome to the kindergarten school readiness guide.
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Assessment: Data-informed Decisions
As a part of an aligned system of public education, the school readiness assessment was recognized by the General Assembly as a critical element of aligned assessments continuing from preschool to elementary (C.R.S. 22-7-1002). A clear understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviors with which students enter kindergarten provides crucial information for families, communities, schools, and teachers as they support student learning and development.
The kindergarten school readiness (KSR) assessments assess the varying skill levels and knowledge with which students enter kindergarten (C.R.S. 22-7-1002 (2)) and inform individual learning plans for each publicly funded student (C.R.S. 22-7-1014). KSR assessments measure students’ readiness to engage with the curricula in kindergarten by identifying baseline data to inform systematic intervention and additional layers of instructional support (Jensen, et al., 2021).
Ready System: Prepared to Meet the Individual Needs of Every Student
Using data from the KSR, other early elementary assessments in a standards-aligned assessment system, and assessments of early learning needs within a community aide schools and districts in identifying and addressing data trends across multiple data sources and across student data over time (Jensen, et al., 2021). These data sources can inform local decisions on instruction, resources, and community partnerships. Additionally, they can guide state level partnerships and policy decisions to further the preparedness of every child and every school.
Purpose of this Guide
The purpose of this guide is to support the implementation of kindergarten school readiness as it pertains to statutory requirements in Colorado. Specifically, this guide is intended for those who are new to school readiness or new to school readiness in Colorado. This guide addresses the essential requirements and some best practices but is not intended to be the sole resource to implementing school readiness.
References and Additional Resources
- Jensen, J., Goldstein, J., & Brunetti, M. (2021). Kindergarten Readiness Assessments Help Identify Skill Gaps. WestEd.
- Jensen, J., Goldstein, J., & Brunetti, M. (2021). K-2 Assessment Systems Enable Early Intervention to Foster Student Success. WestEd.
- Kindergarten School Readiness Assessment Timeline