Timely Topics: Early Learning

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

KRA Train-the-Trainer Series for New SST Consultants
There will be a series for training new SST consultants in May and again in August. Any SST consultants hired after the August training series will not be able to facilitate any KRA teacher trainings until attending the new SST KRA train-the-trainer series the following May. The KRA train-the-trainer events for newly hired SST consultants will follow this pattern of May and August sessions moving forward.  New SST consultants only need to attend one of the following:

May 17-18: new SST consultants KRA train-the-trainer event, Tues. 10:00-4:00, Wed. 8:30-3:30, participants need to register in STARS using the keyword KRA.

August 2-3: new SST consultants KRA train-the-trainer event, Tues. 10:00-4:00, Wed. 8:30-3:30, participants need to register in STARS using the keyword KRA.

KRA Teacher Training Events in STARS
Some schools and districts are asking about KRA teacher training for the 2016-2017 school year.  I have asked the SST consultants to wait until after the April face-to-face meeting before entering any training events in STARS. Directions and expectations for using STARS to schedule and complete KRA training events will be provided at that meeting. Prior to this date, I asked the SST consultants to provide me with the contact information for the person who enters KRA teacher training events in STARS. In many cases, the STARS event coordinator is the SST consultant; sometimes it is another designated person who has access to enter events in STARS. I have requested the contact information be sent to me by April 4, 2016.

KRA Family Resources
The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness has posted a new resource for schools and districts to share with parents and families about the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA). The Welcome to Kindergarten-KRA Family Resource document is the first in a series of new resources to support administrators and educators in communicating the purpose of the KRA with parents and caregivers. By the end of March, two additional resources will accompany this document on the same Web page — a PowerPoint and a video that can be shared with parents and families during kindergarten enrollment events. For additional KRA resources, please go here.


Child Outcomes Summary

The Child Outcomes Summary form (COS) (underlined portion should link to https://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Special-Education/Preschool-Special-Education/COS-Policy.pdf.aspx) is used by preschool special education teachers to document a child’s progress. The COS captures information on children’s progress in the acquisition and use of knowledge and skills, positive emotional skills and the use of appropriate behaviors to meet their needs.

Child Outcomes Summary Form (link to word document, “COS-Form”)

COS Reference Guide (underlined portion should link to http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Special-Education/Preschool-Special-Education/Child-Outcomes-Reference-Guide-2015.pdf.aspx

COS Quality Assurance Checklist Directions https://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Special-Education/Preschool-Special-Education/COS-Checklist-Directions.pdf.aspx


Early Learning Assessment

The Ohio Early Learning Assessment (ELA) (underlined portion should be a link to https://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/Guidance-About-Kindergarten/Early-Learning-Assessment) is a formative assessment that captures information about young children’s development across multiple learning domains. The ELA is administered to all preschool children who are attending program sites funded by the Ohio Department of Education and is designed to be used throughout the school year to track individual children’s growth.

ELA Assessment Binders

Assessment tools can be ordered through the JFS Online Order System (underlined portion should be a link to http://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/inter.asp) using the following order numbers:

ELA-Ten Required Learning Progressions-01245

ELA- Complete Assessment Binder- 01265

Directions on Ordering underlined portion should be a link to https://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Early-Learning/Guidance-About-Kindergarten/Early-Learning-Assessment/FormsCentralCustomerLogin.pdf.aspx

Optional Evidence Recording Sheets

10 Required Learning Progressions (underlined portion should be linked to word document — “ELA Scoring Sheets-10 Learning Progressions”)

Complete ELA (underlined portion should be linked to word document “ELA Scoring Sheets – 32 Learning Progressions”)