In Washington State, kindergarten teachers administer the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS), which is a very comprehensive assessment of skills in multiple dimensions. The skills are testing using Teaching Strategies Gold. All assessments must be completed, scored and uploaded by Oct. 31st each year. Needless to say, it is an exhausting process! The ones we find useful to do first are letter and sound identification, oral counting, numeral recognition, which help us place students in reading or math intervention groupings. We also test fine motor skills such as pencil grip, ability to copy letters/numerals, and simple shapes early on, so that we can support students who are developmentally delayed in those areas.