Before the assessing begins, I need to be sure I have all of my supplies needed to assess the skills for that nine weeks. As a team, we go through our pacing and make note of the skills we have taught that the students should be held accountable for. I just use a sticky note for this. I like to keep it in my plan book so that next year when I'm looking back I will have it.
Yes, you're not crazy....that child is wearing a sleeveless shirt with a sleeveless vest on top during the week of a snow storm!!! But what can we do....
So after I finish my assessments, they have to the be put into the computer. Our county uses PowerSchool to do that. Now, in any other grade, that sounds wonderful....put in graded papers and it will average everything to give a final grade. However, kindergarten is so different yet again! Since it is developmentally appropriate for students to continue their learning throughout the year, we do not grade papers and put grades in PowerSchool. So when we first started this journey 3 years ago, our county worked with the PowerSchool people to make the system look just like our current report card. Well...look at this picture.....
That is what our report card looks like. So needless to say, this whole enter assessments into the computer thing takes a good 2-3 days before completion! Luckily, the county is currently revamping our kindergarten report card to better reflect the expectations of the county and state standards. I can't wait till next year!!
So once all that data is collected, it is actually very powerful when I start to make my guided reading groups. Since students in kindergarten learn at MANY different levels and paces, it is very important as a kindergarten teacher to have flexible groupings. For example, I realized with these assessments that I needed 5 reading groups instead of 4 - there are 2 students who just don't have a concept of word and cannot hang in my group of A/B readers.
To those kindergarten teachers out there, good luck with assessments - it is a long task and feels very good when finished! To all of our other readers, I hope you have a better look at what is expected of your fellow kindergarten teachers!
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Now head out and give your fellow kindergarten teachers some good vibes!