Besides needing to report students' growth to family through progress reports, report cards, and conferences, assessments taken in Kindergarten are essential to gaining insight into how much students are growing and learning in your kindergarten program and to adjust the way you teach to better meet their needs.   

Kindergarten teachers tend to assess in a variety of ways.  Whether through meeting with students one on one, making informal observations during the day, or saving projects and student work for a portfolio - get ready to watch your students bloom during their kindergarten year!  

Assessment Links

Specific For Kindergarten:
Kindergarten Phonemic Awareness Assessment - a PDF from Portland Public Schools

General Assessment Strategies:
Assessment Alley - great info from Carl's Corner
DIEBELS - Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills

Portfolios - from the PreKinders website, but easily adaptable for Kindergarten

Report Cards/Progress Reports:
Homeschool Report Card / Progress Sheet

Assessment Sheets
Purpose: To find out what students already know and to build from there!

These assessments should be repeated at set intervals during the school year to watch for growth!

Completed with the Whole Class or Small Groups:

Self Portrait
Words I Know
Cut and Color Sheet

Completed One on One (orally):

Upper and Lowercase Letter Recognition
Sound Identification
Popcorn (Sight Word) Assessment
Phonemic Awareness Assessment (same as link above, from Portland Public Schools)
Math Assessment

I Know My....Checksheet

Recommenced Reading on Assessment

An Observation Survey by MarieM. Clay