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Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten entry assessments

The Pre-K/K Assessment tab of the State of the States section of the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) website provides information to educators, administrators, and policy researchers about the implementation, development, and design approach of assessments in public, state-funded pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs. The map and state summary pages were developed in response to trends related to assessment practices in early childhood. Since 2010, an increasing number of state departments of education have been working on developing or enhancing assessment tools to measure the readiness of children when they enter kindergarten. The U.S. Department of Education has supported states' efforts to enhance their assessment systems through competitive grants, including Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) and the Enhanced Assessment Grants (EAG). The information presented in the tab is updated twice a year, in February and September. This report provides results from the most recent update of information about the early childhood assessment practices of individual states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. (author abstract)
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