Development and Validation of an Oral Language, Literacy and Math Kindergarten Readiness Screener

​NORC’s Early Childhood Research and Practice Collaborative and the University of Chicago are partnering with the Welborn Baptist Foundation and Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation to develop and validate an oral language, literacy and math Kindergarten Readiness Screener (KRS) based on the Getting on Track Early for School Success (GoT) formative assessment system.

The team is developing a short (<15 minute) assessment instrument that can accurately and reliably assess children’s proficiency in key predictive oral language, literacy and math skills up to a few months prior to kindergarten entry. In order to achieve this goal, this project includes two tasks: 1) Develop, field test, and analyze baseline KRS; and 2) Conduct a KRS validation study.

The KRS is being built into an internet-based application that can simultaneously present KRS items, and collect and store responses. The app will allow for automated scoring and results reporting, and will include various role-based data aggregation options (e.g., principals, school district administrators, state department of education).

In Spring 2018, NORC is collecting KRS data from 500 children who will be enrolling in kindergarten the following year. In Fall 2018, we will follow 250 of those 500 children into Kindergarten. Within the first 1 to 1.5 months of school, NORC will collect new assessment data (e.g., relevant subtests from the Woodcock Johnson III) on these children in order to validate the predictive power of the KRS.