OSPI, DEL and Thrive by Five Washington released baseline WaKIDS kindergarten assessment results on January 17, 2013. These results
are now posted on the State Report Card. Follow the links below to look at the Fall 2012 Results. In addition to the resources below see our News & Information page for more facts and figures, the
January 17, 2013 Press Release, and the WaKIDS Legislative Workgroup Report.
WEBINAR: State-funded full-day kindergarten and the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS), May 13, 2013
Recording (WMV) | Presentation (PPT) | Handouts (PDF)
Three Interactive Charts Displaying Fall 2012 WaKIDS Data:
Fall 2012 Data Resources
Teacher and Principal Feedback from 2012 Implementation:
The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience.
WaKIDS has three components:
- Family Connection welcomes families into the Washington K-12 system as partners in their child’s education.
- “Whole-Child” Assessment gives kindergarten teachers information about the social and emotional, physical, cognitive and linguistic development of the children in their classrooms, so they may tailor their instruction to the individual needs of each child.
- Early Learning Collaboration aligns practices of early learning professionals and kindergarten teachers to support smooth transitions for children.
WaKIDS provides a statewide snapshot of where children in Washington are in their development at the start of kindergarten. This helps inform state-level decisions about education policy and investments.
WaKIDS is a partnership paid for with state, federal and private funding. It is mandated for state-funded full-day kindergarten programs in the 2012-13 school year by
ESHB 2586. The Department of Early Learning (DEL) and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) work together to oversee WaKIDS. Private partners include Thrive by Five Washington and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.