WaKIDS provides a snapshot of where Washington’s kindergartners are in their development early in the school year. These data help inform state and district-level decisions about education policy and investments, and classroom decisions about individualized learning.
WaKIDS is legislatively mandated to be part of state-funded, full-day kindergarten (RCW 28A.150.315 and RCW 28A.655.080).
Although it isn’t required, some schools that don’t have state-funded full-day kindergarten would like to implement WaKIDS.
Funds are available to implement WaKIDS even in public kindergarten classes that are
not state funded, full day in 2014-15. OSPI will provide teacher training, assessment materials, and other implementation support to those schools.
Let us know if your school wants to volunteer to participate. District WaKIDS Coordinators must
"volunteer" schools through the Washington Assessment Management System (WAMS).
We strongly recommend that all kindergarten classrooms within a school participate, but it isn’t essential.
WaKIDS is a partnership paid for with state, federal and private funding. Partners include:
Financial support is provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- SSHB 1723 (2013) Up to three days for family connection
- RCW 28A.655.080 (2012) WaKIDS mandatory in state-funded, full-day kindergarten, waiver authority, legislative workgroup
- RCW 28A.150.220 (2011) Basic education requirements for kindergarten
- RCW 28A.150.315 (2011) Requirements of state-funded, full-day kindergarten
- WAC 392.335.010 (2007) Eligibility age for kindergarten