Before October 31, kindergarten teachers complete an assessment of each
child's developing skills in six areas: social-emotional, physical, cognitive,
language, literacy and mathematics. They use an observational tool called
Teaching Strategies GOLD®.
Teachers observe children while they are engaged in classroom activities, and use what they learn about students' entering strengths to individualize student learning. Parents have the right to excuse their children from participation in this inventory. Parents wishing to do so should notify the building principal of their request in writing during the first week of school or as soon as possible thereafter.
The state is phasing in this assessment in all state-funded, full-day kindergarten classrooms. Districts that have not yet received state funding for full-day kindergarten may volunteer to participate, as well.
As with any state assessment, a parent or guardian has the right to opt a child out of WaKIDS, following a district’s established policies and procedures.
See the OSPI Assessment web page to view the
Teaching Strategies GOLD® technical report and