How VKRP Works

The Nuts and Bolts of the VKRP Assessment Process

The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP), based at The University of Virginia, expands the assessment of children's literacy skill in kindergarten to include the domains of mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills. VKRP includes six key steps.

Step 1: Sign Up for VKRP

1. Learn about VKRP

School divisions and teachers can explore the vkrponline.org website to learn more about VKRP. Also, the VKRP support staff can provide additional information on the assessments, training, and the type of instructional resources and benefits schools receive as participants. This information is available via email or phone.

Step 2: Training and Support

2. Receive Training and Support

Representatives from each school division are trained by the VKRP staff. Teachers then participate in in-person on online training before the school year begins. These trainings provide an overview of the different VKRP components, including the assessments, reports, and linked instructional resources.

Step 3: Complete Assessment

3. Complete Assessments

Once teachers have been trained in the assessment protocol, they complete the VKRP assessments for each student in their classroom. The assessments consists of several measures, which evaluate students' skills in mathematics, self-regulation, social skills, and literacy (PALS). The assessment window for the mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills measures is generally the two weeks prior to the school's PALS window in the fall and spring.

Step 4: Receive Reports and Resources

4. Receive Reports and Resources

Once an assessment is complete, teacher-oriented reports are available at both the student level and classroom level. The online reports provide different ways to view and organize the results. Instructional resources are also recommended for the classroom or a specific student based on the data. Resources include evidence-based strategies and activities that support students' learning in the areas of mathematics, self-regulation and social skills. In the spring, teachers also receive growth reports.

Step 5: Individualize Instruction

5. Individualize Instruction

Teachers have access to student-level and classroom-level reports on all four critical domains of mathematics, self-regulation, social skills, and literacy. To facilitate differentiating instruction, teachers can sort data by scores in each domain and access recommended instructional resources based on their student- and classroom-level data. Teachers can browse this library of resources or use the links directly from their reports.

Step 6: Help Children Prepare for School Success

6. Help Students Get Ready!

VKRP is designed to help teachers and school divisions prepare students for a successful and positive learning experience in kindergarten and beyond. In the spring, teachers assess children's skills and see how much they have grown! By the end of kindergarten, the goal of VKRP is for students to leave more prepared to learn and succeed in future grades to come.