A Snapshot of VKRP
The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) builds a more comprehensive understanding of school readiness and success.
VKRP measures mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills to complement Virginia’s state-wide assessment of literacy using the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS).
Detailed reports of student’s skills at the student, classroom, school, and division levels can be used by teachers, families, principals, and division leaders.
VKRP includes online and in-person trainings, skills and strategy guides, and activities that can be used to support student learning.
Measuring Four Critical Skills
As a statewide assessment program, VKRP places an equal emphasis on children’s academic and social-emotional skills because both are important for long-term success in school and life.
Virginia's Kindergarten Readiness Landscape
A Fall 2019 statewide sample of almost 86,000 kindergarten students from 132 participating school divisions provides a better understanding of school readiness across the Commonwealth. The findings show:
of all Virginia’s kindergarteners are unprepared in one or more critical areas of math, literacy, social skills, and self-regulation.
of kindergarteners from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are unprepared in one or more critical areas of math, literacy, social skills, and self-regulation.
of kindergarteners identified as having a disability are unprepared in one or more critical areas of math, literacy, social skills, and self-regulation.
WHAT ELSE VKRP TELLS US
Children who experience preschool are more ready for kindergarten. This is especially true for children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are approximately 1.5 times more likely to be ready for kindergarten if they attend public preschool, compared to their peers who do not attend preschool.
VKRP provides actionable information to assist teachers, leaders, policy makers, and others to support children's success in school.
VKRP CAN HELP...
- Can guide program improvement
- Shows how investments are working
- Provides benchmarks to monitor progress
VKRP CAN HELP IN...
Kindergarten and Beyond
- Steers instruction and interactions
- Aids in early intervention referrals
- Guides professional development, training, and instruction
In Fall 2019, all 132 school divisions participated in VKRP with a final sample of almost 86,000 kindergarten students.
VKRP in Fall and Spring
VKRP now has an aligned fall and spring kindergarten assessment that shows growth across the year.
VKRP for Preschool
VKRP is developing and piloting a fall and spring preschool assessment system.