Massachusetts Kindergarten Entrance Assessment (MKEA)

Massachusetts Kindergarten
Entry Assessment (MKEA)
MAY 27, 2014
 Background
 MKEA Initiative
 MKEA Details
 Teaching Strategies Gold
Technology Requirements
Professional Development
 Future
 Questions
MKEA Initiative
 From MKEA website:
 In collaboration with the Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education, EEC is implementing the
Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment
(MKEA) system, which will support school districts in using a
formative assessment tool that measures growth and learning
across all developmental domains during the child’s
kindergarten year. As part of the MKEA initiative, school
districts will use a formative assessment tool that is evidence
based and aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum
Frameworks. EEC has identified Teaching Strategies-GOLD
System as the assessment tool for cohorts 3 and 4.
MKEA Background
 MKEA initiative stems for the federal identification of
the need to improve Grade 3 test results across the
Identified that Birth-5 is where the greatest need is
 Ability for federal and state government to impact Birth-
5 arena is limited, therefore the impact is on
 Federal requirement for compliance is mandatory for
Race To The Top states
Must implement a kindergarten entry assessment
Massachusetts is a RTTT state
 Franklin receives no RTTT funding, but this impact our Full Day
Kindergarten grant monies
MKEA Background
 Kindergarten entry assessments provide a snapshot
of a child’s development
 At least 25 states now have laws mandating some
type of kindergarten entry assessment
 Kindergarten entry assessments can be used for a
variety of purposes
Screening children to identify possible developmental
Providing information to teachers to inform instruction
Providing policymakers information on trends over time to
inform policy and funding decisions
MKEA Background
 Massachusetts has chosen to extend beyond the
federal requirements
All districts with full day Kindergarten grants are required to
participate regardless of RTTT status
K Grant funding in Franklin exceeds $200,000 annually
MA is implementing the assessment using a four year phase-in
We are part of cohort 3 and required to administer these
assessments in 2014-2015 or we will lose our K grant funding
Massachusetts selected and is requiring use of a commercial
product called Teaching Strategies Gold
Teaching Strategies Gold
 From MKEA website:
Teaching Strategies GOLD is an assessment system for children from
birth through kindergarten designed to help teachers: observe and
document children’s development and learning over time; support,
guide, and inform planning and instruction; identify children who
might benefit from special help, screening, or further evaluation; and
report and communicate with family members and others. Teaching
Strategies GOLD also enables to teachers to (1) collect and gather
child outcome information as one part of a larger accountability
system and (2) provide reports to administrators to guide program
planning and professional development opportunities. Teaching
Strategies GOLD addresses the following Developmental Domains:
(1) Social-Emotional, (2) Physical, (3) Language, (4) Cognition, (5)
Literacy, (6) Mathematics, (7) Science and Technology, (8) Social
Studies, (9) The Arts, and (10) English Language Acquisition.
Teaching Strategies Gold
 Compatible with NAEYC
 Teaching Strategies Gold is a comprehensive
assessment system
All assessments are based on observing children and recording
Children are not “tested” using paper/pencil
Will administer a formative (diagnostic) assessment in the fall
Will administer a summative assessment in the spring to
determine growth over time
Designed to look at program quality and outcome data
Not a kindergarten readiness tool
 There are 10 domains and 38 objectives covered by
Teaching Strategies Gold
 Aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum
 Covers all aspects of development and learning
MA is requiring that we test all K children next year in parts of
2 domains
Social-Emotional (all objectives)
 Cognitive (not all objectives this year)
 Approaches to Play and Learning
 In 2015-2016 will assess all 10 domains:
 Social-Emotional
 Physical
 Language
 Cognitive
 Literacy
 Mathematics
 Science and Technology
 Social Studies
 The Arts
 English Language Acquisition
Technology Requirements
 Software program and licenses provided in year one,
possibly longer
Long term costs not yet addressed
 Teachers must take data while working with students
 Teachers will be able to generate reports to access data
Class profile, individual students, development and learning
Family communication tools in the assessment system
 Use of a portable device makes this more efficient
Purchasing laptops in this fiscal year from remaining grant funds
and operating budgets
Will replace current desktops used by teachers
These will be repurposed in the district
 All data must be uploaded to DESE
Professional Development
 State mandated training for all teachers involved in
administering assessments:
 Classrooms, special education, Title I, ELL
 Two full days of training is required
 State offering limited stipends or compensation for subs to
 Training to be done by Collaborative Education
Services- consulting group
They are the only state approved provider
 Assessments must be administered by mid-October
 Data upload by mid-November
 Spring assessment dates not yet set
 Training of K teachers arranged for 9/3 and 9/4
 Start date for K student 9/5 (Friday) which will be
an orientation day
Principals will develop plan for that day and communicate
with families
 Students will begin full day K on 9/8 (Monday)

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