Illinois State Board of Education's Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS)

Collaborating Institutions: 
Illinois State Board of Education, WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies

Funded By: 
Illinois State Board of Education

The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) was established by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), in collaboration with the KIDS advisory committee. The role of the committee was to advise and support the selection, development, and implementation of the instrument. Over 50 committee members worked hard to examine the feasibility of adopting a uniform statewide kindergarten readiness process. The goals of the process were to (1) identify gaps in school readiness, (2) provide information to drive more effective classroom instruction, and (3) support state and local data-driven decision-making on professional development and resource allocation. After careful consideration the California Department of Education's (CDE) Desired Results Developmental Profile-School Readiness (DRDP-SR) instrument was selected.

Further research and analysis undertaken by BEAR Center and WestEd has resulted in the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (2015) - Kindergarten [KIDS(2015)-K]. The new KIDS(2015)-K is now available for use across the state. Developmentally appropriate and aligned, the KIDS(2015)-K assessment can provide useful information to teachers and administrators in order to better address children’s learning and developmental needs over time. It is an essential strategy to close the readiness gap and ensure all children thrive in their earliest years. KIDS(2015)-K is a comprehensive process designed to provide information about children’s competencies across developmental domains over time and to inform whether Illinois’ kindergarteners have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in school.

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