Early Learning Update Dec 13, 2022

Early Learning Assessment

Dear Early Care and Education Professionals,

We appreciate your efforts and dedication to support Ohio’s preschool children! Below is an update regarding Early Learning Assessment reports and training.

Early Learning Assessment Score Report

The Early Learning Assessment (ELA) Learning Progression Score Reports are now available in the Ready for Kindergarten Online (KReady) system. Data managers can access these reports by logging into their KReady accounts and following the directions in ELA Learning Progression Report for EMIS.

Each school year, Early Childhood Education grantees and preschool special education providers must report the Ten Required Learning Progressions completed during the fall and spring assessment windows. Resources for reporting the Ten Required Learning Progression items are listed below.

What to do when a Learning Progression is “N”

Scores for the ELA include nine level descriptors (A, B, C, D, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) that represent milestones of a child’s development. Sometimes a teacher is unable to determine a score for a skill, knowledge or behavior (SKB) for a child. When a teacher is not able to determine a score for a child on an SKB, the teacher will enter an “N” in the Bridge form, or an “N” or “NE” in the KReady system. Or sometimes an item is left blank. In each case, a score of “N” will then be calculated at the Learning Progression level within the KReady system Learning Progression score report or Bridge form.

When submitting assessment data to EMIS or EAS, programs are required to enter a reason code anytime a Learning Progression score of “N” is reported. This Early Learning Assessment Score Not Reported Reason Code document provides further clarification about what to do when a Learning Progression score is “N,” “NE,” or blank.

Each program must develop an internal communication process to ensure that accurate reason codes for items scored “N” are collected and reported to EMIS or EAS. There is no column on the Bridge Form or designated space in KReady to record score not reported reason codes.

Teacher Training

Early Learning Assessment Initial Teacher Trainings are scheduled for January and February. This training is for new users of the Early Learning Assessment who have not previously completed an ELA training and is designed for early childhood professionals that will be observing, assessing, and scoring the ELA. There is one cohort beginning in January with sessions held on Thursday mornings; and one cohort starting in February with sessions held on Fridays. For additional details about these and other ELA training opportunities, including how to register for the cohort that fits your schedule, visit the ELA for Teachers webpage.


Cohort 1 Session 1: January 12th

9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session 2: January 19th

9 a.m. – noon

Session 3: January 26th

9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cohort 2 Sessions 1 & 2: February 3rd

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (break 11:30 a.m. – noon)

Session 3: February 10th

9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


If you have any questions, please contact us at ELAHelp@education.ohio.gov for policy questions or reach out to Ohio K12 Help for technology assistance at 1-844-512-6446.


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