I use the assessments below in my classroom. I have used and perfected these assessments for over 15 years, and I truly believe them to be the perfect kindergarten and Pre-K assessment packets. And yes, they are strategically linked to Core Standards.
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These documents serve as organizational tools for gathering information about language arts and math strengths and weaknesses of kindergarten students. Using these assessment, you will learn more about your students and will more easily determine the focus of your instruction.
If using the paper version, one assessment form should be copied for each student. (I then place all of the assessments in an easy to grab binder). Due to the necessity of assessing students at regular intervals during the school year, the documents provide a space to record information for different assessment periods.
The first assessment is in a trimester format (with benchmarks provided). Following this assessment format is one that is generalized, to fit the format of varying school years.
The next pages of the assessment packets are student copies and examples of a checklist or report card that you may wish to use when reporting to parents.
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A portfolio is a sampling of information relating to a child’s developmental progress in a school (or home) setting. Portfolios contain work samples that are representative of where a child is at a particular time. It clearly shows development as it continues throughout the school year. A portfolio is an effective assessment tool that authentically documents a child’s progress and serves as a great reporting tool as well.
I have used portfolios for over two decades. They have not only proven to be effective assessment tools, but I have found them to be very popular with parents and students alike. Furthermore, they continue to be loved throughout the years. (I have had students graduating from college bring them back for me to sign!)
Memory books are also a great tool to keep “favorite” school memories alive. We have merged the memory book idea and included it as part of the portfolio system. This keeps the documentation of student growth fun and interesting to the student along the way.
If you are interested in a step-by-step "How-To" on setting up a portfolio, you might want to read more here.
Using a Portfolio Template
We offer two portfolio products that have been built for flexibility!
There are seven choices of portfolio covers and binder end tags provided for all grades -- Preschool, Pre-K, K and 1st. There are color and black and white options included.
The product is divided into sections: Beginning of the year essentials, month by month work samples, pages to use throughout the year to document memories, and an end of the year section.
We extend this basic portfolio template by including math and science work samples.
Using these two products in tandem, adding photo pages such as the ones below (I add about 2 a month), you will have a treasure for your students to take home at the end of the school year.
These portfolio helps are available at our Teachers Pay Teachers Store by clicking on the product covers below, or you may purchase them at the bottom of the page here, at our Squarespace store. For more information on portfolios, you can listen to our podcast episode!
With each new spring comes the tradition of Kindergarten Registration. One purpose for registration is for administrators to use the results as a planning and/or placement tool. But when a pre-screener is added to the registration process, a fuller purpose for these registrations comes to light.
A kindergarten screener gives a child's teacher-to-be immediate information, rather than waiting until fall to gather important entrance data. This information can help with teacher planning and classroom organization. The screener can also determine any special needs and/or provide data to be used as consideration concerning intervention concerns.
We offer a great pre-screener with both a paper and digital option.
This screener is meant to be given in the spring prior to a child’s kindergarten year. The screener should be given with the child’s parent or adult representative in the same room, but not in close enough proximity to allow for adult help or prompting.
All student directions, tester prompts, and information for scoring are printed directly on the handy 1 page (front and back) easy to manage sheet. The results are then easy to tally and record points right on the sheet.
For convenience, the following scoring rubric may be used to disaggerate scores.
Very Prepared for Kindergarten 80-95
Prepared for Kindergarten 65-79
Nearly Prepared for Kindergarten 50-64
Below Level 40-49
Intervention Recommended 0-39
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Kindergarten Pre-Screener Assessment
Screen your incoming kindergartners with confidence! Includes everything you need on one easy to use, double-sided sheet. Includes suggested scoring rubric to help with class placement and interventions.
Also includes a digital option.
Me: Please write the word in the box, saying the sounds as you write. Pig.
Cutie: (As she writes the letters p-i-g). "Oink, oink, oink. That was easy."
Cutie: "Well! That's easy too. Cluck, cluck, cluck." (As she easily writes H-e-n).
Yep, Kindergarten keeps me fully entertained! And because ESGI makes the assessments a breeze I am able to assess stress-free, allowing me to savor small magical Kindergarten moments.
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Bonus! This packet includes Intervention Packets in both English and Spanish to give below grade-level students an extra boost. Send these packets home with parents to offer additional support for their child's academic learning.
Beside the savings of valuable teaching time, students love to be assessed through the use of technology. It feels to them like a game. As students are called to the Ipad or computer for a little one-on-one private teacher time, the students bolt over as quickly as their names are called.
Additionally, adding photos and memories to the portfolio make it a priceless keepsake!
If you haven't used portfolios before, or you feel like you could use some help with organization and/or production, here are a few tips.
Also. don't get behind!!! I add the pages for the month at the end of the month.
or, okay you can purchase mine) a monthly divider that has purpose. This divider will allow an authentic measure of handwriting growth monthly. I print the divider on a color that matches the mood of the month or season.
Continue the beginnings of your portfolio by adding one or two pages that represent beginning of the year memories. I love these two, a takeoff on Brown Bear and another on Pete the Cat.
beginning of the year measures that will be also produced at the end of the year for full year growth comparison.
Continue your portfolios by adding about 4-5 pages each month (A variety of photo memories, creative writing, work samples, etc). Think in terms of month when doing portfolios. Ask yourself, "What four (or more) pages will best reflect the month's learning in our classroom."
Here are a few of the pages I have used in the past.
I also add a minimum of two art or other work samples each month.
To read more check out this article on Conversation Ed.
You will love this easy form that will make reporting to parents a breeze! Bonus! This packet includes Intervention Packets in both English and Spanish to give below grade-level students an extra boost. Send these packets home with parents to offer additional support for their child's academic learning.
This packet follows the suggested benchmark Common Core Assessments that we have available in printable form as well as offered free with your paid ESGI subscription.
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|Strategically assess Kindergarten Language Arts|
|This is not specifically linked to the Common Core. Rather, it is the basic reading foundational skills necessary for all beginning readers|