• Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA)

    Michigan's Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) is an authentic observational system (provided by Teaching Strategies GOLD) for assessing children in the first 60 days of kindergarten. The KEA will provide teachers and parents with important criterion-based information about a child's learning and development in six domains at the beginning of kindergarten so that teachers can inform individual instruction and parents can provide learning opportunities beyond the school day. The domains assessed include:

    • Mathematics
    • Literacy
    • Language
    • Approaches Toward Learning/Cognitive
    • Social and Emotional Development
    • Physical and Motor Development

    The KEA is an assessment that allows teachers to look closely at student skills and behaviors to get a picture of the whole child. It focuses on collecting and documenting information that is most important in predicting future school success. It evaluates student skills and behaviors along a continuum of learning progressions for each item assessed. It helps teachers use data to inform their instruction and determine intervention strategies that will increase their students' learning trajectories. Its use allows teachers to generate parent reports that include helpful activities for parents to use at home that are directly tied to the student's instructional needs.

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