Kindergarten Information about Screening Opportunities
Parents of kindergartners at Rockville Elementary have two opportunities to learn more details about their student's school readiness skills.
- During the Kindergarten Screening Process typically set for a Thursday/ Friday in April. Some time around spring break, information will be sent out to parents about the Kindergarten screening process - including dates and signups through the school office.
- Through completion of the ASQ and ASQ-3 Screening Tools that Kansas requires parents fill out between August 1 through September 20.
Kindergarten is the first time all children across the state converge with the education system. The window for completing screenings is August 1 through September 20. The goal is to have parents complete the questionnaires through Family Access prior to the start of school, if possible, as this is the Kindergarten Readiness mission. KSDE has extended the date to September 20 to capture screening data for all children and allow time for schools and parents to collect this data. This will allow the State to capture data across the state to address policies and funding for early childhood, birth to age 8.
ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 are not diagnostic tools but, rather, screening tools. They will provide a developmental snapshot of the child at that specific time. Screening detects developmental delays in children—and celebrates milestones. Screening young children is an effective, efficient way for professionals to gauge developmental progress and determine meaningful next steps—at a time when action can have its greatest impact: during a child’s first years of life. Because social-emotional and developmental delays in children can be subtle and can occur in children who appear to be developing typically, most children who would benefit from early intervention are not identified until after they start school. In fact, this happens 70% of the time when busy pediatricians and specialists rely on clinical judgment alone.1
1 Glascoe, F.P. (2000). Early detection of developmental and behavioral problems. Pediatrics in Review, 21(8), 272–280.
ASQ Online provides several reports that allow programs to interpret and analyze data at the child, classroom, school, and district level.
Data collected at the state level will be the number of children who entered Kindergarten developmentally ready. This data will be used to measure the Kindergarten Readiness of children statewide and inform policy decisions about early learning resources and systems.
However, ASQ Online will provide rich data that can be used locally to help schools:
Design environment and instruction to meet the needs of their incoming Kindergartners;
Support aligned teaching practice and program planning;
Support individualized instruction;
Support teacher–parent partnerships;
Screen for potential learning difficulties.
Also, educators are encouraged to engage families using the suggested activities provided.