Monday, July 29, 2013

Kindergarten Entry Assessment Freebie

At my school, we assess our incoming kindergarteners a few weeks before the start of the school year to get a general sense of where they stand.  Although you can't get anywhere close to a full picture of a child's strengths and weaknesses in a 15 minute time slot, it is well worth the time and effort.  It certainly gives us kindergarten teachers much more information than we would have without these asessments...which would only be a glance at their name on their enrollment forms.  Assessing students allows us to begin our differentiation strategizing before the kiddos have their first day in kindergarten.   
I created the following assessment, which was used by the kindergarten team at my school, to assess our incoming kindergarteners.  The skills assessed include letter recognition, letter sounds, blending skills, sight word recognition, shape recognition, number recognition, and counting skills.  It includes both the teachers recording documents, as well as the students reference sheets.  If your school does not test students over the summer, this would also be a great tool to use to assess your students in the first week of school.  You can download it for free below these samples.

Click on the picture or link below to download your free copy. 

Does your school give incoming kindergarteners an entry assessment?


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