Frequently Asked Questions

What is VKRP?
The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) expands the assessment of children at kindergarten entry beyond literacy, to include the school readiness domains of math, social skills and self-regulation. Learn more about the mission of VKRP.

What is the purpose?
The University of Virginia is partnering with school divisions across the Commonwealth and the Virginia Department to Education to create a common comprehensive kindergarten readiness assessment that will include mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills in addition to literacy skills that are already being assessed with the PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening). VKRP provides user-friendly integrated performance reports of kindergarten entry-skills that are linked to instructional resources at the student and classroom levels. Learn more about the research behind kindergarten readiness and how VKRP works.

What is the commitment for teachers and administrators?
Kindergarten teachers attend a 3 to 4 hour training to learn how to administer the assessments, interpret the reports, and use the instructional resources. Teachers administer the math, self-regulation, and social skills assessments during at the beginning of the school usually during the 2-weeks before they complete their PALS assessments School- and division-level administrators provide support to teachers. Learn more about how VKRP works.

What training will teachers receive to implement VKRP?
The VKRP team will train representatives from each school division to lead teacher-trainings in their area. Teachers will then attend a 3-4 training session scheduled within their division. The training provides a hands-on overview of the different VKRP components, including the online application, assessment administration, performance reports, and linked instructional resources.

How will VKRP help teachers use the data?
Teachers will have access to student and classroom-level reports on four critical domains of kindergarten readiness: Literacy, math, self-regulation, and social skills. The reports link teachers to instructional resources they can use at the classroom and individual student level.

How can school systems use the data reported by VKRP?
Schools and divisions will have access to school and classroom-level data reports, similar to the PALS reports. With these reports, administrators will be able to see the variability of performance across their classes and schools in each learning domain. School division leaders have reported using the data to get a more comprehensive picture of instructional needs within their schools and division, which has helped them plan for professional development and other targeted strategies.

How can a school or division participate in VKRP?
Contact VKRP by completing an initial information form, or contact us directly to speak with a VKRP team member at the University of Virginia.