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Assessments the first week of kinder?

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  • abosworth0718
    Classroom Teacher
    Teaching since: 2007
  • July 19, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    What assessments do my fellow kinder teachers use or find the most important to complete the first week of school?

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    Elementary School
  • July 19, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    We use Jan richardsons assessments as well as Fountas and Pinnell. This helps us to get a baseline of their letters, comprehension, and reading level. There are different levels and for kindergarten we end on a level D/E and begin on pre-a/a. They begin A when they know 40 letters. Learn more at

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    Teaching since: 2000
  • July 26, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    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.

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