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Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA)

Michigan’s Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) is an authentic observational system (provided by Teaching Strategies GOLD) for assessing children in the first 60 days of kindergarten. The KEA will provide teachers and parents with important criterion-based information about a child’s learning and development in six domains at the beginning of kindergarten so that teachers can inform individual instruction and parents can provide learning opportunities beyond the school day. The domains assessed include:

  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Language
  • Approaches Toward Learning/Cognitive
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical and Motor Development

The KEA is an assessment that allows teachers to look closely at student skills and behaviors to get a picture of the whole child. It focuses on collecting and documenting information that is most important in predicting future school success. It evaluates student skills and behaviors along a continuum of learning progressions for each item assessed. It helps teachers use data to inform their instruction and determine intervention strategies that will increase their students’ learning trajectories. Its use allows teachers to generate parent reports that include helpful activities for parents to use at home that are directly tied to the student’s instructional needs.

Important Opportunity to Participate in Fall 2014 Kindergarten Entrance Assessment Field Test -- See What's New section below for sign up information and benefits

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What's New?


• Benefits from Participating in KEA Field Test PDF icon

• Recorded KEA Info Session—Learn More about the Kindergarten Entry Assessment Fall Field Test

• Michigan's Objectives for Development and Learning - Customized Dimension List for Fall 2014 KEA Field Test PDF icon

• KEA Survey Tool: New for Fall Field Test PDF icon

• NEW! 2014-15 Michigan Statewide Assessment Transition Document PDF icon

• Kindergarten Teachers and Students Needed for Fall 2014 Field Test PDF icon

Michigan's Kindergarten Entry Assessment

• Example of Kindergarten Entrance Assessment Class Profile Report PDF icon

• Example of Kindergarten Entrance Assessment Individual Student Report PDF icon

• Fall 2013 KEA Pilot Participating Schools PDF icon

• Michigan Kindergarten Entry Assessment FAQ PDF icon

Educator Professional Development

• Visit TS GOLD's Overview to Learn More about Michigan's KEA (Teaching Strategies GOLD online)

Parent and Family Resources

• Have a Child Entering Kindergarten? (Tip sheets for parents who have children entering kindergarten in English, Spanish, and Arabic)

• PBS Parents: Preschool & Kindergarten Child Development Tracker, Activity Search, and Bookfinder

• Ready for Kindergarten? Five teachers tell you what preschoolers really need for next year. DOC icon

• greatstartCONNECT: Michigan's Destination for Child Care & Preschool Resources

• BookFlix ™ Allows beginning readers to explore related fiction and nonfiction books online

• Family FUNdamentals Pre K-3 Learning Activities


• Kindergarten Entry Assessment Information Session PPT PPT icon

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