Early Childhood Education
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Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS)
The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) was established by the Illinois State Board of Education, in collaboration with the KIDS advisory committee. Developmentally appropriate and aligned, KIDS is a comprehensive process designed to locally provide information about children’s competencies across developmental domains over time, as well as to provide statewide information on whether Illinois’ kindergarteners have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in school. Additional information is available on ISBE's Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Advisory Committee page.
- Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Stakeholder Committee Report to ISBE: A New Beginning: The Illinois Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS)
- Specific questions about assessment windows, coaching and training, and policies should be directed to WestEd (Toll free 800-770-6339 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
- When we asked teachers who they turn to for support with implementing KIDS, we learned that most turned to other teachers familiar with KIDS. Now you can find support from teachers all over the state at the KIDS Community Discussion Form on the Kids web page: KIDS Community Discussion forum
- KIDS FAQs (updated 5/15)
- FAQs for SIS data input for the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS)
- An Introduction to KIDS for Administrators
- An Introduction to KIDS (2015)
- Letter to Parents
Learning standards are used to help express what a student is capable of performing at a certain point in their development. The goal of the Kindergarten Standards has always been to provide teachers and caregivers useful information that is directly needed as part of their daily classroom work. As one teacher was quoted saying, “The standards are ideal for rookies and veterans who have moved to kindergarten as to what they should strive to help a typical kindergartener achieve.” You may download a copy of the standards at the following link.
Kindergarten Common Core Standards
Illinois adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010, and teachers and administrators across the state fully implemented the new standard during the 2013-14 school year. The Common Core Standards establishes clear expectations for what students should learn in English, language arts and mathematics at each grade level, therefore they determine what educators should teach, not how they should teach.
- Common Core Standards Fact Sheet
- Common Core Website
- Common Core Kindergarten Benchmarks – Language Arts
- Common Core Kindergarten Benchmarks – Mathematics
The transition to kindergarten from prekindergarten is an exciting time for 5 year olds. Educators today are developing transition activities to help children and families as they take this important step. Kindergarten teachers and prekindergarten teachers are both a critical part of a successful transition. Both teachers work with parents and children to assure questions are answered, children are registered and the transition flows smoothly.
- Sample flyer from a Kindergarten Readiness Fair sponsored by the Rock Island Regional Office of Education and partners.
- Sample Transition Plan
- Getting Ready for Kindergarten Tip Sheet
Is kindergarten right around the corner? Here are some things to think about as the school year approaches.
What immunizations will my child need? What will the teacher expect my child to be able to do?
What group skills does my child need? What kinds of knowledge and experience help prepare my child?
What will my local school expect of my child? What if my child needs special help to be ready for kindergarten?
To see answers to these questions go to Getting Ready for Kindergarten
- Kathy Barclay – Literacy
- Sallee Beneke – Calendar Time
- Lilian Gonshaw Katz – Learning Goals
- Gaye Gronlund – Rigorous Academics
- Judy Harris Helm – Implementing Learning Standards
- Samuel J. Meisels – Accountability
- Mirian Trehearne – Phonological Awareness
- Data and General Information
- Developmentally Appropriate Practice
- Common Core
- Kindergarten Entry Assessment