The VKRP Assessments

The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) includes a coordinated set of assessments that measure children’s skills in early mathematics, literacy (PALS), self-regulation, and social skills.

EARLY MATHEMATICS ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

Measuring Mathematics Skills

VKRP uses the Early Mathematics Assessment System (EMAS) to measure children’s mathematical thinking. The EMAS is a reliable and valid assessment that draws on modern cognitive science, as well as developmental and educational research.

Young boy completing the Early Mathematics Assessment
Young boy and girl giving each other a hug.

CHILD BEHAVIOR RATING SCALE

Measuring Self-Regulation and Social Skills

VKRP measures self-regulation and social skills using the Child Behavior Rating Scale.

Teachers complete a short rating scale that measures a student’s behavior with other children and adults, as well as their engagement with materials and tasks in the classroom.

PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS LITERACY SCREENING

Measuring Literacy Skills

The VKRP assessments of mathematics, social skills and self-regulation complement the PALS, which has assessed children’s literacy skills for many years and is used in 99% of school divisions across Virginia.

Two boys laying down reading a book in the library.