Spotlight on KEA

North Carolina's Kindergarten Entry Assessment Shines


The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA), is the perfect place to share what's happening in Kindergarten. The Office of Early Learning is excited to bring several enlightening sessions regarding the North Carolina Kindergarten Entry Assessment right here for you to join. Each session takes a different look through a variety of lenses to give you the greatest insight into what teachers are doing in Kindergarten classrooms and how these developmental domains of learning are being integrated into daily routines. Stakeholders across all eight regions of North Carolina have been asked to share and answer questions on how this formative assessment process has been implemented and how they plan to continue moving forward with North Carolina's Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA), now that the initial sixty day window has closed. Please join any or all of the sessions to hear real results from the people who are putting this formative assessment process into practice, and to get a deeper understanding of how this is a step in the right direction for the students of today and tomorrow.

You can read more about the individual sessions below.

Collaborative Conference on Student Achievement (CCSA)

Monday, March 21st, 8am to Wednesday, March 23rd, 2pm

Sheraton Greensboro Four Seasons/Joseph Koury Convention Center

The Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement features a gallery of professional development and information sessions for educators, policy makers, innovators and community members with an interest in innovative practices to improve educational outcomes for students of today and tomorrow.

The conference will feature 250 sessions with tracks for K-12 learning standards, K-12 online and blended learning structures, policy, research, accountability, student engagement and more.

To find out more about the CCSA conference, please click on the link below.

Monday March 21, 2016

10:00-11:30 Teacher's Voices: The Impact of the Kindergarten Entry Assessment Process on Student Achievement

2:30-4:30 Kindergarten Entry Assessment Process: The 61st Day and Beyond

Tuesday March 22, 2016

8:00-9:30 Supporting Student Success with the Kindergarten Entry Assessment Process

10:00-11:30 NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process: Emotional-Social Development

***The above sessions will be held in Victoria B***

Wednesday March 23, 2016

10:00-11:30 NCs Demonstration Program: Spotlight on Formative Assessment

***This session will be held in Imperial E***

NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process: Emotional-Social Development

Join NCDPI’s Office of Early Learning Consultants as we explore the Emotional Literacy Construct Progression using NC’s Formative Assessment Process. We will discuss and practice together: (1) ways to observe students’ emotional literacy development and gather this evidence, (2) how to analyze evidence, (3) how to utilize the analysis to make instructional decisions, (4) how to select learning targets, and (5) how to develop criteria for success. We have abundant resources to share!

NC’s Demonstration Program: Spotlight on Formative Assessment

DPI’s Office of Early Learning offers the Demonstration Program, where visits to inclusive preschool and kindergarten classrooms are available to observe effective practices. Information about this professional development initiative will be shared, including feature presentations by Demonstration Program Leaders. These leaders will begin the formative assessment discussion with a review of the definition followed by an exploration of the five domains of learning. A variety of documentation ideas will be offered that are appropriate for both Pre-K and K-3 Assessment. Specific strategies will be discussed for use in staying true to best practice, meeting challenging mandates, using assessment to guide instruction, and recognizing the connections and alignment between Pre-K and Kindergarten.

Office of Early Learning

The Office of Early Learning strategically focuses on Pre-K - Grade 3 to support children's success in the early grades and uphold the division's vision: Each child is honored, respected, and empowered to achieve success in school and life. The Office of Early Learning promotes early education reform through alignment of standards, curriculum, instructional practices, and assessment across the PreK-Grade 3 continuum.
NC DPI K-3 Formative Assessment Process_John Pruette VIDEO

Please feel free to contact your Regional consultant for any further information, questions, comments or concerns.