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Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)

The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience and connect the key adults in a child’s life.

Three Components

  1. Family connection welcomes families into the Washington K-12 system as partners in their child’s education.
  2. Whole-child assessment helps kindergarten teachers learn about the skills and strengths of the children in their classrooms so they can meet the needs of each child.
  3. Early learning collaboration aligns practices of early learning professionals and kindergarten teachers to support smooth transitions for children.

Linking Kindergarten & 3rd Grade Assessment Results

OSPI is excited to announce a new data brief: Linking Kindergarten & 3rd Grade Assessment Results.

Data available through WaKIDS is revealing the wide range of skills and abilities of incoming kindergartners, across all areas of development. It is also indicating a strong positive correlation between readiness at kindergarten entry and performance on 3rd grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) English Language Arts (ELA) and Math tests.

Children who start school behind tend to stay behind. Knowing more about children’s entering skills and strengths helps teachers and parents work together to support student growth in the kindergarten year.

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