Meet the Partners
The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) is a partnership between the following organizations. Each partner brings a unique set of expertise that make VKRP possible.
Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL)
The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education is an interdisciplinary center that provides leadership on effective teaching and learning through scientific study in educational settings from infancy to higher education. VKRP is implemented by a CASTL team of early childhood education researchers and specialists.
Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens. The The Virginia Department of Education provides oversight to the CASTL VKRP team to help ensure that VKRP is useful for teachers, principals, and school division leaders.
Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)
The PALS provides an assessment of students' literacy . VKRP collaborates with PALS to integrate the assessment systems. Integrating the assessments also means that teachers can enter child demographic data in a single place and be able to access reports that integrate the data across the readiness domains of literacy, math, self-regulation, and social skills.
Participating Virginia School Divisions
During the 2016-2017 school year, 45 Virginia school divisions spread across the Commonwealth participated in VKRP. VKRP is available to school divisions on a voluntary basis. Teachers received training and support by CASTL to conduct the VKRP assessments. After completing the assessments, reports are available for teachers, school-level and division-level staff. Teachers receive student and classroom-level reports which include recommended resources for individualizing instruction in their classroom. Learn more to participate.