Years in the making, COR for Kindergarten is comprised of two assessments that, in combination, reduce the assessment burden kindergarten teachers presently face. The first is the Kindergarten Entry Assessment, which is designed to measure student development at kindergarten entry; the second, the Ongoing Assessment, measures student attainment of the Common Core State Standards.
In the fall of 2015, 27 kindergarten teachers from 18 schools in four states participated in the KEA validity phase of the COR for Kindergarten study. The 498 children who participated in the study (roughly between the ages of 4 and 7) came from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, from extremely low-income families to upper-middle-income families.
Though the results have yet to be fully analyzed, preliminary analyses indicate that the KEA measures what matters, and can provide scores that are valid and reliable. The assessment is also rated by participating teachers as practical and affordable, even when considering opportunity costs.
The pilot of the Ongoing Assessment will continue for the remainder of the 2015–2016 school year. The plan is to make the COR for Kindergarten available for use by the beginning of the 2016–2017 school year.
To learn more about the pilot, please click here and we will send you an overview of COR for Kindergarten.