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 entering kindergarten beyond literacy, to include the domains of math, self-regulation, and social skills. VKRP includes six key steps.
A division can sign up by contacting the University of Virginia's VKRP support staff. The support staff will provide information on the assessments, training, and the type of instructional resources and benefits schools receive as participants.
After your division signs up for VKRP, a representative from your division will be trained by the VKRP staff in the teacher-training protocol. Teachers will then receive hands-on training before the school year begins. This 3-4 hour training session provides an overview of the different VKRP components, including the online application, measures, performance reports, and linked instructional resources.
Once teachers have been trained in the assessment protocol, they complete the VKRP assessment for each student in their classroom. The assessment consists of several measures, which determine readiness in math, self-regulation, social skills, and literacy (PALS). The assessment window for the math, self-regulation and social skills measures is the two-weeks immediately prior to the school's PALS-K window.
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 math, self-regulation and social skills.
Teachers have access to student-level and classroom-level reports on all four critical domains of literacy, math, self-regulation, and social skills. To facilitate differentiating instruction and grouping, 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 link directly to recommendations from their reports.
The mission of VKRP is to help prepare students for a successful and positive learning experience in kindergarten and beyond. By assessing students' kindergarten readiness in math, literacy, self-regulation and social-skills, teachers are better able to address the incoming needs of their class, and support their students' learning.