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WaKIDS Whole-child Assessment

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Open Educational Resources (OER) Commons - Washington OER Hub

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 2021-22 has been extended to November 12, 2021.

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:

  1. Social-emotional
  2. Physical
  3. Cognitive
  4. Language
  5. Literacy
  6. Mathematics

Transitional Kindergarten Survey

If your district is planning to implement Transitional Kindergarten (TK) this school year, please complete the survey at your earliest convenience. This profile will let OSPI know of your intention with TK and will let district administrators know when TK WaKIDS data is due.

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. 

Using Teaching Stategies GOLD® to Assess Children Who are English-Language Learners
This guidance document explores language-neutral and language-dependent indicators, assessing in a child's preferred language, and the nuances behind the specific language and literacy objectives and the Spanish language and literacy objectives. 

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.

Principal Series: Whole-child Assessment

WaKIDS Implementation Guide for Teachers 2021-22

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.

Goal Planning & Reflection Sheet

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

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

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

Pacing Guides

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

Technical Report & Testing Calendar

See the OSPI Assessment web page to view the Teaching Strategies GOLD®  technical report and testing calendar.