Schools wrap up pilot round of kindergarten-entry assessments (KEA), start to compile data
While debates have raged as to the value and amount of testing that will come this spring with the state’s new online exams, little fanfare greeted the state-sponsored assessments that took place over the past two months in New Jersey’s youngest grades.
In 250 kindergarten classrooms across 25 districts, teachers were evaluating their four- and five-year-old charges and their schoolwork over the course of the first seven weeks of the semester to gauge their social-emotional development, as well as their fledgling literacy and math skills.
These weren’t the classic paper-and-pencil tests — or even online ones. Instead, a system developed by Teaching Strategies Inc. assesses a child’s written work or uses observations to see how well kids interact with their peers.
When the testing per se was complete, the resultant data for each child was compiled and is now being used as the basis for individualized reports.… Read the rest