Your Child's Progress 2015-16 - Page 2

Kindergarten State Testing Timeline The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a process for: • • • Welcoming students and their families to kindergarten through the Family Connection. Before school starts, or shortly thereafter, kindergarten teachers meet with families to welcome them to school and talk about each child’s strengths and needs. WaKIDS Beginning Families and teachers of the meet for the family school connection. year: Learning about students’ strengths through a Whole-Child Assessment. By October 31, teachers observe students during classroom activities and record each child’s developing skills in six areas: social-emotional, physical, cognitive, language, literacy, and mathematics. By Oct 31: Teachers complete the whole-child assessment and use data to individualize learning. Discussing the characteristics of children’s development and learning through Early Learning Collaboration. As the school year continues, early learning professionals and kindergarten teachers meet to share information that will enable students to be successful in school. Nov and beyond: Who participates? State-funded full-day kindergartens are required to implement WaKIDS. While other public schools may volunteer to participate in WaKIDS, not all schools are yet implementing WaKIDS. By 2017–18, we anticipate all kindergartens will be state-funded full-day classrooms and participating in WaKIDS. How does it help? Each year, 80,000 children enter kindergarten with skills that vary widely. The purpose of WaKIDS is to provide families, early learning professionals and kindergarten teachers a more formal process for collecting and sharing information, so children receive the support they need to be successful in school. Kindergarten teachers use the information they gather to improve classroom teaching and tailor their instruction to the individual needs of each child. WaKIDS also helps determine effective ways to engage with families and early learning providers, and inform policy decisions at the community, district, and state levels. Is it aligned to state learning standards? The Washington State Learning Standards represent the knowledge and skills all students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade. Incoming kindergartners are not expected to meet end-of-year standards as they enter school. WaKIDS is a process to help ͵