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Assessment in Kindergarten


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!  



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Assessment Links

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

General Assessment Strategies:
Assessment Alley - great info from Carl's Corner
Assessment Tools - great resources for assessing K and 1st Grade Students
DIEBELS - Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills

Portfolios - from the PreKinders website, but easily adaptable for Kindergarten
All About Portfolios - ideas to include and sample work

Report Cards/Progress Reports:
Sample EDK End of Year Progress Assessment
Homeschool Report Card / Progress Sheet


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Assessment Sheets

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

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

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

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Recommenced Reading on Assessment

An Observation Survey by Marie  M. Clay



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