This message contains important updates for Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Revised Assessment Data Managers and Administrators.
Data Managers and Building Administrators are encouraged to download available reports from KReady and save them locally by June 16. No user can generate a report from a previous year. Reports that have been generated this school year by data managers and administrators will be archived in the system and will be available at the user level next school year. Reports generated by teachers will not be available after June 16. For additional information, visit Accessing the Archive on Ohio K-12 Help.
Preparing for School Year 2023-2024
The administration window for the Kindergarten Reading Assessment Revised is not earlier than the first day of July of the school year and not later than the twentieth day of instruction of that school year. The KReady system will open on July 1 and remain open through November 1 to accommodate differences in district schedules. November 1 is the deadline for teachers to enter data in the KReady system. After the KReady system closes on November 1 at 11:59 p.m., data managers will have until November 9 at 11:59 p.m. to clean up transfer requests.
KRA-R Administration Materials
Please ensure your current 2022-2023 KRA-R administration materials are securely stored as they will be used again for the fall 2023 administration. Some schools and districts might need additional or new administration materials for next school year. The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Revised Item Kit Order Form is available on the Department’s Webpage. Tests are secure materials. The administration materials for the 50-item KRA used in previous years should be destroyed because they should not be used. Please complete this Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Document of Secure Test Destruction to report destroyed kits.
Assessment Data Managers
Each participating school or district must assign an Assessment Data Manager-Preschool and Kindergarten in OEDS. Districts that have at least one Assessment Data Manager-Preschool and Kindergarten in OEDS will have access to Ready for Kindergarten Online (KReady) system. To learn how to assign roles in OEDS, please see this Assigning Roles guidance document found on the OEDS Webpage here.
KRA-R Training for Teachers
The 2023 KRA-R training is required for teachers who have not previously completed a KRA training and who will be administering the KRA-R during the 2023-2024 school year. Training for teachers will continue to be held virtually. Each participant must have an individual account in the Ready for Kindergarten Online (KReady) system. Once teachers have an account, teachers will follow the steps outlined in the KRA-R Online Professional Development User Guide.
A draft training schedule is posted on the KRA for Teachers Webpage. The June and July dates are finalized and are now open through the STARS training and registration application within your OHID Account. The August and September dates are a draft. If you do not see a date that works with your district or building schedule, please contact us at KRAHelp@education.ohio.gov. We are flexible and can add or revise dates if needed.
KReady System Teacher Accounts
Each teacher who needs trained in the KRA-R must have an individual account in the KReady system to participate in the training. New teachers might be reaching out to data managers this summer for help in getting their accounts set up. As you become aware of new hires who will be responsible for administering the KRA-R to kindergarten students please be sure to set them up with a KReady account for your school or district.
Who can administer the KRA-R to students?
Educators administer the assessment but must (1) be employed by the student’s school or district, (2) hold a valid Ohio Department of Education-issued permit, license or certificate, and (3) have successfully completed the required Kindergarten Readiness Assessment training. The department strongly recommends that each student’s primary classroom teacher or another teacher who has regular contact with the student(s) (e.g., an intervention specialist or reading specialist) administer the assessment.
Other employees of the district may provide support to teachers with assessment administration. Literacy specialists, intervention specialists, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) teachers, Physical Education teachers and other related services personnel who regularly work with a specific child or groups of children, would be appropriate test administrators for some or all assessment items. Individuals who do not work regularly with Kindergarten students, such as retired teachers employed by districts as contractors or substitutes may administer the assessment if they meet the requirements above. The most appropriate use of these individuals as test administrators would be to have them administer only direct assessment items to students who have not been identified as students with disabilities or English language learners.
District employees who hold an Ohio Department of Education-issued license, permit or certificate who have not completed the teacher training can support teachers with completing the assessments in several other ways:
- Preparing manipulatives;
- Teaching the class while the primary classroom teacher administers direct assessment items; and
- Monitoring children completing technology-administered assessment items.
KRA-R App Proctor
An education support professional or untrained teacher who is an employee of the school system may serve as a KRA-R app proctor if they review the KRA proctor guidelines and sign a nondisclosure agreement. The role of the KRA-R app proctor is to sit with a student and monitor the student as he or she completes the app items. The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment – Proctor Guidelines and nondisclosure agreement are found here.
For more information
For policy and training questions, please contact KRAHelp@education.ohio.gov.
For help with the KReady system go to www.ohio-k12.help or call 844-K12-OHIO (844-512-6446) to submit a ticket for technical assistance.