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FY18 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Appeals

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FY18 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Appeals

Starting Monday, Feb. 5 through Wednesday, Feb. 14, superintendents of traditional districts and community schools that educate kindergarten students can review the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) data that were reported in EMIS during the 2018 school year. A superintendent who finds inaccurate data should submit an appeal by the February 14 deadline using the 2018 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Data Appeal. This is available in the Forms application in SAFE.

The superintendent, EMIS coordinator and superintendent designee all have access to fill out the data appeal form. The Department will consider the submission official when the superintendent or designee approves the form and completes the process. For answers to questions regarding the data review or data appeals, contact the Office of Data Quality.

 

KRA Update Jan 2018

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KINDERGARTEN READINESS ASSESSMENT (KRA)

Securely Destroy KRA Field Test Materials
Thank you for your participation in the Ohio Kindergarten Readiness Assessment 2017 Embedded Field Test. We appreciate your expertise and support for creating improved and sustainable versions of the KRA. At the end of the fall 2017 Embedded Field Test, each teacher must account for all test materials and follow procedures for ensuring the destruction of all documentation, notes, manipulatives, booklets, manuals, etc.

Because the materials for each designated field test form were distributed to individual schools, please complete this KRA Field Test Destruction From for each school assigned to a field test form. Determine the best way to do this locally; one person per school can complete the form, or one person per district can complete the form.

Securely store KRA kits
Please ensure your current KRA administration materials are securely stored. We will notify you in spring/summer of 2018 on the procedure for securely destroying these kits and replacing them with new kits as necessary. Please do not destroy your current KRA administration materials.

KRA Data and Reports
You cannot enter additional or missing scores into the KReady system. Results are available in the KReady system to users with teacher, data manager and administrator accounts.

  • Scale score reports are available to data managers and administrators. Please refer to the Data Manager Site within KReady for information on how to download the scale score report.
  • The EMIS reporting window for KRA scale scores will close Feb. 2, 2018.

Understanding KRA Scale Scores
The scoring calculations are complex and scale scores cannot be calculated outside of the KReady system.

  • The max score for every domain except Physical Well-Being and Motor Development is 298; the max score for that domain is 289.
  • If a raw score is 0, the scaled score is 202.
  • The overall max scaled score is 298.
  • Any score in between the lowest and highest is calculated based on which questions the student answers. If a child scores between the lowest and highest points for the raw score, the scaled scores are estimated based on the difficulty of the questions, which questions the child answers/does not answer, which questions the child answered correctly and other calculations.
  • The scoring process works by adding the raw points obtained by each student and converting the raw score to a scale score using lookup tables created with IRT-Rasch model.

Missing Scores on the Scale Score Report
Some students might have missing scores on the scale score report. When reporting missing student data to EMIS, you must enter three asterisks (***) for each required data point that is not available. You will then choose a reason for why the student was not assessed. Please refer to the EMIS Reporting Manual for Score Not Reported codes.

Note: Other (reason not listed) is used when a student does not receive a score from the KRA system but should have received a score. This includes if a student needed assessed but was not or because the student was assessed and no score was returned in the KReady system. A missing score from the KReady system may be because the teacher did not enter a score or because of a technical issue.

How to Find KRA Data
School districts can find KRA data for 2015 and 2016 in the KReady system. The KRA Data Manager Guide includes directions for retrieving data reports using the archive.

School districts can find KRA data for 2014 in the superintendent’s SAFE account in the Collaboration Center. We have provided Directions for Finding KRA Data on SAFE.

Public access to KRA data is available in the Download Data tab on the Ohio School Reports Cards page. We also have provided Directions for Finding Released Ohio KRA Data.

KRA Annual Reports
KRA Annual Report 2014-2015 – This report includes results from the FY15 administration of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment in Ohio.

KRA Annual Report 2015-2016 – This report includes results from the FY16 administration of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment in Ohio.

For more information
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Website
KRAHelp@education.ohio.gov

KRA Help Desk:
http://www.ohio-k12.help/

Contact Information:
Elizabeth.Sailer@education.ohio.gov
Kimberly.Davis@education.ohio.gov

Service Desk + KRA KReady System Feedback Invitation

A message was sent to District Assessment Data Managers – Preschool and Kindergarten to obtain feedback about their experience with the service desk (if applicable) as well as the Ready for Kindergarten Assessment application for the purposes of future planning.

We are also inviting teachers and administrators who participated in the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, to participate as well.   The survey is brief and should only take about 10 minutes to complete.  To access the survey, please go to https://www.ohio-k12.help/kready/2017-kra-feedback/.  Please note this survey is for the KRA only.

Thank you very much for your time and cooperation.

Ohio K12 Help Support

KReady System Update for ELA and KRA Reports

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ELA Learning Progression Report

The Early Learning Assessment (ELA) fall administration window ended Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 11:59 PM. Reportable scores can be generated using the KReady online system or the bridge form, for reporting to EMIS or EAS.

If you are using the KReady online system to generate the Learning Progression Score Report please use the following information when preparing your data for submission to EMIS or EAS:

A recent update to the ELA application added the option of the NE rating. The score of “N” or “NE” can be interpreted on the local data entry level, when a teacher or program chooses to make a distinction between a skill that is not scorable (N) or a skill that is not yet evident (NE).

Our partners at Johns Hopkins made a system update, allowing any SKB rating of “NE” to be interpreted as “N” within the Learning Progression Score Report. Any NE ratings entered by teachers should now be reflected as N ratings in the Ohio Early Learning Progression report. When reporting scores of “N” to EMIS or EAS, a reason code is required.

KRA Scale Score Report

Column T of the OH KRA Scale Score Report is now ‘Tut.1’. The tutorial item has been added as a placeholder in the Scale Score Report. The column will be blank since that assessment item does not exist within the system for this year’s KRA assessment. Pease refer to the KRA Data Manager Guidefor more information.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by reaching out atELAHelp@education.ohio.gov or KRAHelp@education.ohio.gov.

We appreciate all you do for Ohio’s youngest learners!

Office of Early Learning & School Readiness Curriculum & Assessment Team

KRA Scale Score Reports and Individual Student Reports are Now

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Please do not reply to this email.  Please send questions to KRAHelp@education.ohio.gov.

Dear KRA Data Managers,

At this time, all OH KRA 2017 scores have been generated as well as all ISR and scale score reports have been created and released within the production system of KReady.

In addition, an updated how-to document on how to access the district scale score reports has been posted to theData Guidelines site. As a reminder, this is the report that you will download and then upload to EMIS.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if there are any issues regarding the reports.

Office of Early Learning & School Readiness Curriculum & Assessment Team

KRA Deadline Approaching

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Please send questions to KRAHelp@education.ohio.gov.

 

 

Data Managers,

The KRA Scale Score reports for the 2017 administration are not yet available for Data Managers to download. Data Managers will have until November 6th at 11:59 p.m. to clean up transfer requests. Then JHU will generate the Individual Student Reports (ISRs) and Scale Score reports beginning on Nov. 7th, which takes anywhere from 5-10 business days to complete. We will notify Data Managers when the Scale Scores are ready. Any ISRs that were not generated by the teacher during the administration window will be generated by JHU to be made available when the Scale Score reports are available to data managers.

Thank you,

ELSR Curriculum and Assessment Team

If you or the teachers are experiencing technical difficulties with the KReady system, please reach out to the Help Desk at 844-512-6446 or submit an online ticket through a Web form at http://www.ohio-k12.help/ under Request Support.  

KRA Deadline Approaching

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Please send questions to KRAHelp@education.ohio.gov.

Dear KRA Stakeholders,

PLEASE SHARE AND COMMUNICATE THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION WITH LOCAL EDUCATORS AND SUPPORT STAFF WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPPORTING KINDERGARTEN LEARNERS.

Thank you to everyone for your continued efforts to support teaching and learning in kindergarten. As the November 1 deadline approaches for KRA, we want to provide you with some considerations for closing down the assessment.

In addition to the following information, we encourage you to access the Ohio K12 Help Desk for the KRA where you can find a KRA knowledge base, teacher and data manager resources, news and announcements, and request support. If you or the teachers are experiencing technical difficulties with the KReady system, please reach out to the Help Desk at 844-512-6446 or submit an online ticket through a Web form at http://www.ohio-k12.help/ under Request Support.

All content below is also in a news article found here.

Confirm all KRA data has been entered in KReady for each kindergarten student

Please confirm that all data has been entered in the Ready for Kindergarten online system (KReady) for each student. The most reliable way to verify that all students have complete scores is to look at the data collection completion reports. Data managers and administrators can run these reports and identify whether or not all students have scores entered for all assessment items. If any scores are missing, we encourage data managers to communicate with the teacher associated with the specific student and provide any necessary support to ensure all data is entered in the system by Nov. 1 by 11:59 p.m.

Clean up data related to the student file, teacher information or enrollment as necessary

It is recommended that data managers load the student file using the Bulk Loader one more time between now and the end of the administration window. The enrollments file would need to be loaded if new students have been added to a district and the district needs to assign the students to the new teachers. The templates for adding students and the enrollment file can be found here. Directions for uploading the student data file can be found in the KRA Data Manager Guide.

Initiate and approve Transfer requests as needed

All first-time kindergarteners should be assessed with the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment by November 1, regardless of when they entered kindergarten in your district. Late transfers still need to be assessed if there is no data in the system for the student, unless they are repeating kindergarten. Students transferring from out of state need to be assessed, unless they are repeating kindergarten.

Transfer requests are generated when data managers upload the student file using the Bulk Loader. The resources at the Help Desk about transfers are found here.

Some students who were originally enrolled in your school or district might have already withdrawn or transferred to another school or district. As a reminder, we are not removing or deleting any student data from the KReady system. However, students can be marked inactive, which excludes the students from appearing on any district or school KRA score reports. To make a student inactive, make sure there are no teachers assigned to the student. If there are no teacher associations with that student, then the word ‘inactive’ will appear in the status column for that student. If you open up the student record and click on the ‘Enrollments’ tab, this is where you can manually assign and remove teachers from a student.

After the administration window closes on November 1 at 11:59 p.m., data managers will have until November 6th at 11:59 p.m. to clean up transfer requests.

Encourage teachers to generate, save and share Individual Student Reports (ISRs)

Individual Student Reports (ISRs) are for each kindergarten student’s KRA results. The results are displayed to show the student’s overall performance and area performance in the four areas of a students’ development and learning: language and literacy, mathematics, social skills, and physical development and well-being. Each child’s ISR includes a scores for each area as well as an overall score.

The ISRs are available on demand to teachers for students who have 100 percent item completion. Once a teacher has finished entering scores for all KRA items available for at least one student in the current data collection, he or she will then be able to generate the ISR score page. Teachers can generate the ISR score page by student or by entire class (all students assigned to them all at once). This process is a new feature added and was available beginning Sept. 1. Review the Generating the ISR guidance document to learn more.

You may find it beneficial to review and share the KRA Individual Student Report Explanation guidance document found here. The explanation document, as well as the ISR are resources to help understand the overall scores and the performance levels.

Review Language and Literacy Scale Score Reports

The KRA Language and Literacy area may be used to meet the requirement of a reading diagnostic for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. If a district uses the KRA. The Language and Literacy Scale Score Reports are available to data managers now. Generate the scale score within that domain for any student with all Language and Literacy items completed and entered in KReady. The Language and Literacy is the only area with the on-track and not on-track levels. You will see levels that will help you identify which students need support in reading right now. Scores of 263 or higher are on-track. Scores of 262 or lower are not on-track. Refer to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee Guidance Manual to learn more.

Securely destroy KRA Field Test forms here

Thank you for your participation in the Ohio Kindergarten Readiness Assessment 2017 Embedded Field Test. We appreciate your expertise and support for creating improved and sustainable versions of the KRA. At the end of the fall 2017 Embedded Field Test, each teacher must account for all test materials and follow procedures for ensuring the destruction of all documentation, notes, manipulatives, booklets, manuals, etc.

Because the materials for each designated field test form were distributed to individual schools, please complete this KRA field test form destruction documentation for each school assigned to a field test form. Determine the best way to do this locally; one person per school can complete the form, or one person per district can complete the form.

Securely store KRA kits

Please ensure your current KRA administration materials are securely stored. We will notify you in spring/summer of 2018 on the procedure for securely destroying these kits and replacing them with new kits as necessary. Please do not destroy your current KRA administration materials.

Look forward to Scale Score Reports (coming after Nov. 1)

All students with scores reported in the KReady system will receive an overall scaled score, domain scores, and an Individual Student Report. Scaled Score Reports, including the overall scaled score and performance level data will be available after the assessment window closes on November 1st. When they are ready an announcement will be sent to Data Managers.

The following table explains how scores are reported based upon item completion.

Item Status Scores Reported Reporting Categories
Students who complete all items. Overall score.

Domain scores (with error band) for each domain. Status = Complete

Demonstrating,

Approaching, and

Emerging.

Students with one or more “Not Scorable” items. Overall score.

Domain scores (with error band) for each domain. Status = Complete with NS

Demonstrating,

Approaching, and

Emerging.

Students with one or more items missing. Overall score.

Domain scores (with error band) for each domain. Status = Some items were not complete

Demonstrating,

Approaching, and

Emerging.

Student who are missing all items. No overall score.

No domain scores.

Status = All items were not complete

Did Not Participate.

 

Analyze and use KRA reports as baseline kindergarten data

Support and encourage your teachers through their completion of training and reliability assessments, planning for administration, and using KRA data to inform instruction. For school administrators, communicate with District Coordinator and Data Manager as needed.

Analyze the KRA data as:

  • Screening data to determine which students need additional diagnostic assessments to determine whether they are at minimal risk or significant risk and whether they need differentiated instruction and interventions
  • Outcomes data to guide professional development and support in PreK and with families and child care programs that feed into your school(s)
  • Gain a snapshot of kindergarteners’ strengths and needs at the start of school
  • Identify staffing and resource needs (where to place interventions and instructional assistance to support students)
  • Pinpoint areas of focus in pre-kindergarten
  • Target professional development
  • Identify district-wide needs
  • Identify programs and supports to promote student success
  • Inform instruction in pre-kindergarten programs
  • Work with partners to promote kindergarten readiness
  • Provide data points teachers can discuss with families
  • Identify home-based activities

For more information 
First, check out the department’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Website

Questions about the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment:
KRAHelp@education.ohio.gov.

Contact Information:
Elizabeth.Sailer@education.ohio.gov
Kimberly.Davis@education.ohio.gov

Help Desk: The Ohio K12 Help desk provides support for statewide K12 education programs including the Early Learning Assessment (ELA) and the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA). Go to www.ohio-k12.help or call 844-K12-OHIO (844-512-6446) to submit a ticket for technical assistance.

KRA App Web Version/Chromebooks Update

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Dear Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) Partners,

The use of available technology features such as the KRA application assists teachers in enhancing the efficiency of administering the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA). We know that districts have been waiting for an updated web version of the KRA application for use on Chromebooks. We recognize that this has caused delays and inconveniences to the overall administration of the assessment. As a result, this communication is to provide you with an update on where we are with addressing this issue.

Recently, Google announced that Android apps would be supported on all models of Chromebooks; however, Google retracted that statement and communicated that they were only going to support the later models of Chromebooks. Now, Google and the team who created the Chromebook are still trying to make all the Android apps run on all Chromebook models. Unfortunately, this process takes time to ensure everything works as intended.

Below is a link that lists the Chromebooks that are supported by the Android KRA App, which districts can download from the Google Play Store and use now. https://www.androidcentral.com/these-are-chromebooks-can-run-android-apps

We had hoped to make available a web version of the new KRA App that would run on all models of Chromebooks, including these older models. However, after multiple rounds of development and significant testing, it is evident that we are unable to do so. We cannot say with confidence that the KRA App web version that we built and tested will work successfully on all Chromebooks without technical glitches. Ultimately, our goal with the KRA App is to maintain the fidelity of the assessment administration and ensure that it works effectively for both the teacher and the student.

If you have a Chromebook model that is listed on the website above, please download and install the Android version. If your Chromebook model is not listed on the website link above, we cannot offer you a solution at this time. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.

We welcome your feedback relating to technology use during KRA administration, please visit http://bit.ly/KRA_TechFeedback2017 to provide your feedback.  Your input will help us in creating improved and sustainable versions of the KRA as an authentic assessment.

Send questions to KRAHelp@education.ohio.gov

Thank you,
Office of Early Learning & School Readiness
Curriculum & Assessment Team

KReady System Webinars for ELA and KRA Data Managers

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Dear KRA and ELA Data Managers,

Our partners at the Help Desk have scheduled two KReady Webinars for Data Managers of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) and the Early Learning Assessment (ELA).

Sep 21 on Student Transfers

ELA & KRA 2:00pm-3:00pm

 

Oct 24 on KReady Reports

KRA 10:00am-11:00am

ELA 2:00pm-3:00pm

 

Click on the links below to find additional details and register for these Webinars.

KRA Data Manager Webinars

ELA Data Manager Webinars

 

Thank you,