The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a statewide kindergarten readiness whole-child assessment that aims to help teachers better understand the needs and strengths of incoming kindergarten students, and to make the transition to kindergarten smooth for the students and families.
The graph below shows the percentage of students demonstrating the expected characteristics of entering kindergarteners across six domains: social emotional, physical, literacy, cognitive, language and math. We also looked at the percent of kindergarteners who met all six of these domains. Teachers use Teaching Strategies Gold, an observational assessment tool, to determine whether students are meeting age-level expectations for the domains.
In the 2011-12 school year, 52 elementary schools in the Road Map Project region participated in WaKIDS. All schools with state-funded, full-day kindergarten are participating in the 2012-13 school year. Full participation is expected in the 2014-15 school year. Schools participating in WaKIDS gain access to data and, as training continues, teachers and principals will be able to use data to drive personalized improvement for kids.