Kindergarten Formative Assessment Process


    WHAT happens?

    Teachers begin to collect information about children to guide teaching and learning. The information collected during the first 60 days of Kindergarten creates a child profile, capturing a snapshot of each child.  This information is used by the teacher to meet the individual needs of each child



    HOW does it work? 

    The teacher intentionally collects evidence about what children say, do, make, or write while instruction is occurring and learning is underway. 

    It occurs across five areas of learning and development: 


    • Approaches to Learning
    • Cognitive Development
    • Emotional-Social Development
    • Language Development and Communication
    • Health and Physical Development 
    The teacher and student use the evidence collected through the formative assessment process to better understand where a child is developmentally in their learning.  This helps the teacher make immediate and ongoing adjustments to instruction and learning.
    An electronic platform stores the information collected and supports instructional decision making.

    WHY is it important?

    In NC, approximately 120,000 children enter Kindergarten each year with varying experiences, knowledge, and skills.  The K-3 Formative Assessment Process helps teachers and families continuously identify the varying strengths and needs of each child in an effort to help ensure that each child reaches his or her fullest potential.
    The contents of this page were developed under a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services and were adapted from an information sheet written by Public Schools of North Carolina, State Board of Education/Department of Public Instruction/Office of Early Learning.


Kindergarten Children