WaKIDS Whole-Child Assessment
Many of the Remote WaKIDS Assessment Resources can be found in the Washington Early Learning group in OER Commons, a free digital library of educational resources for families and educators. Resources are available in formats that can be changed and adapted to meet your needs.
While visiting OER Commons, check out our “Supporting Youngest Learner” collection for additional open and “free to use online” educational materials for educators and families.
WaKIDS isn't a "test." Kindergarten teachers observe children during everyday activities. This helps teachers find out what each child knows and can do at the beginning of the school year. Knowing more about children's entering skills and strengths helps teachers and parents work together to support student growth in kindergarten.
In response to COVID-19 and subsequent remote learning for many school districts throughout the State, the deadline for WaKIDS 2020-21 has been extended to November 13, 2020.
Just as previous years, teachers use an observational assessment tool called Teaching Strategies GOLD® to take an inventory of each child's developing skills in six areas:
Resources for Remote WaKIDS Assessment
Administrators and teachers are encouraged to watch this pre-recorded webcast on utilizing various reports available in MyTeachingStrategies® and understanding the WaKIDS raw scores for their own analysis's purposes.
Implementing WaKIDS Remotely 2020-21
On September 25, OSPI hosted a 90-minute webcast with guests from schools across Washington to share guidance and strategies for implementing WaKIDS remotely.
Virtually Administering WaKIDS Assessment
Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) Remote Learning Panel, August 12, 2020
For additional discussion about WaKIDS administration for fall 2020, check out the presentation and panel discussion hosted by WERA this summer. The chat for this webinar answers many great questions raised by participants that teachers and administers may find helpful during the assessment period.
This guide provides an overview of the requirements of WaKIDS during the 2020-21 school year and includes considerations for conducting each of the three components of WaKIDS remotely – Family Connection, Early Learning Collaboration and Whole-child Assessment.
The Goal Planning and Reflection Sheet is intended be co-created with the child, their parent/guardian and teacher during meeting times. Filling it out together, the family can work with the teacher to determine when in their daily routine children will have the opportunity to work on their goals, as well as documentation that can be collected to help inform the WaKIDS assessment. The Goal Planning and Reflection Sheet is available in 9 languages. Please make selection from below:
Choice boards include a variety of activities associated with objectives assessed as part of the whole-child assessment component of WaKIDS. Laid out in a table, they are filled with fun activities that kindergartners can choose from to build skills and manage their own learning. Choice Board resources are available in 9 languages. Please made selection from below:
Bellingham Public Schools has shared their working draft of schedules and practices for remote learning that others districts may find helpful in designing/adapting their own plans for kindergarten students. Schedules include times, like Plan Do Reflect and Friendship Club, which provide opportunities for conducing the WaKIDS whole-child assessment.
Discussion Prompts, Look-fors & Observational Activities
- Discussion Prompts, Look-fors & Observational Activities-A resource for planning and engaging families in learning activities that may inform the WaKIDS assessment.
- Discussion Prompts, Look-fors & Observational Activities-Without Objectives & Dimensions-This resource is similar to Discussion Prompts, Look-fors & Observational Activities but without Teaching Strategies GOLD® references and suggested activities.
There are many different ways of pacing the WaKIDS Whole-child Assessment over the course of the assessment period. Listed below are three examples of Pacing Guides. For versions that can be adapted, visit OER Commons.
Additional WaKIDS Whole-Child Assessment Resources
- List of GOLD™ Objectives Assessed by WaKIDS | Spanish (revised 2015)
Reference Guide for the Connections of WaKIDS Objectives to Washington State K-12 Learning Standards, Including Common Core
- 8.5 x 11 | Booklet Format 11 x 17
- Characteristics of Children Entering Kindergarten English | Spanish describes attributes commonly found in entering kindergartners and measured by WaKIDS
- Guidance for Kindergarten Teachers Supporting Students with Disabilities
- Using Teaching Strategies GOLD® to Assess Children Who are English-Language Learners
- How, Where, When Planning Worksheet – New!
- Instructional Activities to Observe Kindergarteners' Mathematics Skills
- Washington State Full-day Kindergarten Guide
- Full-day Kindergarten in Alternative Learning Experience Schools and Programs – Frequently Asked Questions
- Full-day Kindergarten Planning Guide - A resource intended to outline considerations related to RCW 28A.150.315 and guide programs in meeting the requirements of FDK in an Alternative Learning setting.
- Teachers of FDK programs in ALE settings may also find the Written Student Learning Plan Guidance Annual Tracking and Written Student Learning Plan Guidance Checklist resources helpful