About VKRP

The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) aims to build a more comprehensive understanding of school readiness. As an assessment system, VKRP adds measures of mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills to complement Virginia’s statewide assessment of kindergartner’s literacy skills (PALS).

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Past to Present

Since 2013, VKRP has expanded from a pilot in 100 classrooms to a statewide comprehensive assessment system. See how we started and where we’re headed.

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Connection With PALS

VKRP works closely with the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) to provide a more comprehensive picture of school readiness.
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A Dedicated Partnership

VKRP was developed and is sustained through a partnership between researchers, educators, early childhood advocates, and the Virginia Department of Education.

VKRP provides actionable information that can be used to support children's success in school

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The Team Behind VKRP

In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, VKRP is implemented by a devoted team at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) at the University of Virginia.

State-Wide Implementation

In 2019 the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation requiring VKRP to be implemented, across divisions, with all kindergarten students in the fall and spring.

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Closing the Readiness Gap

High-quality early learning experiences are critical. But, not all children enter kindergarten with the foundational skills needed for a great start in school.

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A Coordinated System

VKRP builds a more comprehensive understanding of school readiness by providing a set of coordinated assessments, data reports, and instructional resources.