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Long-Range Goal #5: Kindergarten Entry Screener

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Long-Range Goal #5

The HSSCO will work collaboratively with state school systems to ensure continuity between Head Start, Child Care, and the Kindergarten Entry Screener (KES).

 

Objectives:

(Process Goals)

  • Coordinate with (ADE) LEAs and State-Funded Pre-K in planning for successful transitions in order to meet the needs of pre-school and Kindergarten children.

a) Revise and Disseminate the Kindergarten Readiness indicators checklist to all early childhood programs in the state.

b) Coordinate with partners to continue the work with Kindergarten and Pre-K teachers’ network

c) Build on the work completed in previous years to bring school readiness teams together to focus on data systems, school readiness, and transitions. 

d) Coordinate and assist with the implementation of the new Family Engagement Guide, Early Learning Standards, and the new Kindergarten Entry Screener.

  • To work with the president of the Council for Chief State School Council (CCSSO) in working with Arkansas’ school readiness state planning committee on setting up high quality data systems and to select a new KES.
  • To collaborate with the State Department of Education in facilitating meetings and assisting with the selection of a new KES.
  • The HSSCO will lead the process for identifying what needs to go into the RFP for the new KES.
  • Coordinate meetings and discussions to align the new KES with the newly revised early learning standards and the Common Core State Standards.

 

Timeframes:

   

2016/Ongoing

  • Coordinate with (ADE) LEAs and State-Funded Pre-K in planning for successful transitions in order to meet the needs of pre-school and Kindergarten children.

Ongoing

Short-term

 

a) Revise and Disseminate the Kindergarten Readiness indicators checklist to all early childhood programs in the state.

Working on (Revising)

 

b) Coordinate with partners to continue the work with Kindergarten and Pre-K teachers’ network

Working on

 

c) Build on the work completed in previous years to bring school readiness teams together to focus on data systems, school readiness, and transitions. 

Working on

 

            d) Coordinate and assist with the implementation of the new Family Engagement Guide, Early    Learning Standards, and the new Kindergarten Entry Screener.

 

2015-2018

 

  • To work with the president of the Council for Chief State School Council (CCSSO) in working with Arkansas’ school readiness state planning committee on setting up high quality data systems and to select a new KES.

Complete

2016-2018

 

  • To collaborate with the State Department of Education in facilitating meetings and assisting with the selection of a new KES.

Working on

2016

  • To work with the SDE in reviewing and approving the submitted RFPs for the new KES.

On Hold

2016

  • Establish recommendations for criteria of the desired attributes on the new KES.

Complete

2016-2018

  • To conduct implementation study in select school districts.

Complete

2016

  • The HSSCO will lead the process for identifying what needs to go into the RFP for the new KES.

Complete

2016-2017

  • Coordinate meetings and discussions to align the new KES with the newly revised early learning standards and the Common Core State Standards.

Complete

Expected Outcomes

Arkansas will select a new KES for Kindergarten entry according to state law.

The Early Learning Standards and the K-12 Standards will be aligned to the new screening instrument.

The KES data will be used to track children’s progress from pre-K to third grade.

Arkansas expects to train over 3000 teachers, administrators, and parents on the new Kindergarten Entry Assessment.

 

Evidence

New KES selected

Training records and sign-in sheets

 

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