A Snapshot of VKRP

The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) builds a more comprehensive understanding of school readiness and success.

Coordinated Assessments

VKRP measures mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills to complement Virginia’s state-wide assessment of literacy using the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS).

Reporting System

Detailed reports of student’s skills at the student, classroom, school, and division levels can be used by teachers, families, principals, and division leaders.

Instructional Resources

VKRP includes online and in-person trainings, skills and strategy guides, and activities that can be used to support student learning.

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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:
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of all Virginia’s kindergarteners are unprepared in one or more critical areas of math, literacy, social skills, and self-regulation.

0 %

of kindergarteners from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are unprepared in one or more critical areas of math, literacy, social skills, and self-regulation.

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of kindergarteners identified as having a disability are unprepared in one or more critical areas of math, literacy, social skills, and self-regulation.


Preschool Matters

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.


Before Kindergarten

  • Can guide program improvement
  • Shows how investments are working
  • Provides benchmarks to monitor progress
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Kindergarten and Beyond

  • Steers instruction and interactions
  • Aids in early intervention referrals
  • Guides professional development, training, and instruction

VKRP Expansion

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VKRP Statewide

In Fall 2019, all 132 school divisions participated in VKRP with a final sample of almost 86,000 kindergarten students.

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VKRP in Fall and Spring

VKRP now has an aligned fall and spring kindergarten assessment that shows growth across the year.

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VKRP for Preschool

VKRP is developing and piloting a fall and spring preschool assessment system.

VKRP is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and implemented by the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University of Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education and School Divisions across the Commonwealth.
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