Education Commission of the States (ECS) researched the policies that guide key components of a quality, K–3 experience, which include qualified teachers, seamless transitions, appropriate assessments and interventions, family engagement, social-emotional supports, and academic supports. Its findings on how all states approach specific policies are revealed in this comprehensive resource entitled, 50-State Comparison: State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies. Among its findings, ECS found that 18 states have policies in place to guide the transition from preK to kindergarten. This guidance often includes written transition plans, family engagement, teacher/provider meetings, and assessment data linkages. The report offers individual state profile pages as well as a search-by-question feature.
REL Midwest Early Childhood Education Research Alliance has developed a new animated video that focuses on Illinois’ kindergarten entry assessments. The video explains the key uses and benefits of kindergarten entry assessments, and an accompanying handout, applicable to all states, is provided.
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), also has developed resources for kindergarten entry assessments (KEAs). GaDOE and DECAL have established a website to help families prepare for kindergarten entry and understand the results of their child’s KEA, the GKIDS Readiness Check. The website also includes a video that explains Georgia’s KEA.