KRA in MI Team Newsletter

September, 2021

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The Section 104(4) of Public Act 48 of 2021, commonly known as the state school aid act for Fiscal Year 2021-22, eliminated all provisions of the MKEO/KRA that affect all school districts, beginning October 1, 2021. The Michigan Department of Education has confirmed that the legislature’s intent by striking all references to the MKEO/KRA under Section 104(4) of Public Act 48 of 2021 was to allow for the optional administration of the MKEO/KRA in fall 2021.

While the requirement to administer the KRA is optional for the fall of 2021 per Public Act 48, access to the online KRA portal and the administration site will remain open. Districts, building administrators, and teachers will still have access to the assessment and will be able to download Individual Student Records (ISRs) to assist with informing instruction. Administration for the fall 2021 administration window will be voluntary only.

The KRA in MI Team is here to support anyone who chooses to implement.

Districts choosing to administer KRA for Fall 2021 should contact Miriam White at

To fill out a Help Desk ticket, go to The Help Desk is shifting to be supported by our team. When the new Help Desk launches, you will need to create an account.

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The Morning Song - Dwayne Reed

The Morning Song by Dwayne Reed (2:33 minutes) is a fun way to start the day with students.


I'm gonna learn how to

learn today and I

won't be bothered by

mistakes from yesterday, so

tell my parents and

my teacher too

today I'm gonna learn about something new!

Do you love music and want to incorporate it throughout the day? Check out these Spotify playlists and artist recommendations.

Handle with Care Family Support Strategy

This year may continue to be challenging for families and students. We know as educators we want to support students when times are especially tricky but families cannot always share the challenging events that are causing students to need the extra support. Share this graphic as an easy way for families to let you know that a student needs a little extra love and compassion to make it through the day.

Wordless Picture Books

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Jillian Heise shares the importance of Reading Aloud With Wordless Picture Books. Wordless books help build students' visual literacy skills. Check out the logistics Jillian lays of for a wordless read-aloud.

Tattling Resources

Research shows that in Pre-K classrooms, 60 acts of intrusion occur per hour. If you want to save time for learning and connection, teaching conflict resolution to young children is essential. With so many conflicts occuring in the classroom, we must shift our thinking from seeing children as tattling to children seeking help.

In the beginning of the year, read stories that emphasize characters using their voice to resolve their problems. During the beginning of daily routines, ask students to fill in the statement,

“It bugs me when…”

After 2-3 times, help students add the next piece of the framework,

“Stop, I don’t like it when…”

Make an “It Bugs Me Book” with student illustrations of things that bother them and the resolutions to the problem.

As educators, we know the importance of connecting with families. Feel free to use this Family Connection Survey template to get to know your student and their families better.

You can use this template to customize it for your classroom by signing in or creating a Canva account if you don't already have one.

The 2021-2022 KRA Prior Care Form has been updated to include a pandemic section to gather data on how the pandemic changed prior care decisions made by families. This information is needed for kindergarten registration. Families should select one option as it will be input into the KReady system as a dropdown option.

Kindergarten Teacher Drop-In Support Sessions

We will be holding Kindergarten Teacher Drop-In Support Sessions on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.

  • August 31st, 2021
  • September 7th, 2021
  • September 14th, 2021

Kindergarten Teacher Drop-In Support Session Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 991 0242 6657

Passcode: 2021

Data Manager Drop-In Support Sessions

We will be holding Data Manager Drop-In Support Sessions on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:00 pm.

  • August 31st, 2021
  • September 7th, 2021
  • September 14th, 2021

Data Manager Drop-In Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 984 4949 2470

Passcode: 2021

Data Manager Resources

The Fall 2021 administration window is now open! You can begin loading student and enrollment data. Keep in mind, there will be many new students and enrollments as the new school year gets closer. Please be sure to continually monitor your data so that it is up to date. The MiDataHub integration is still being tested. We will update all Data Managers when it is available so please don't start using it until you hear it is ready.

Data Manager Training Part A Resources

Data Manager Training Part B Resources

Important Links and Information

  • Data Manager User Manual has steps for all of the processes you will complete in the KReady system. (You can access this manual by logging into KReady > Administration > Support.)

  • Data Guidelines Site is where you can find the Data Guidelines, Technical Specifications, webinar recording, and other materials to support your role.

  • Data Guidelines is an important document that tells you which fields are necessary for administration and reporting. (Please note that this document can change so do not download or print!)

Connect With Us!

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Melissa Brooks-Yip

KRA/MKEO Supervisor

Miriam White

KRA/MKEO Specialist

Chelsea Chambers

KRA/MKEO Facilitator and Data Coach

Cindy Brown

KRA/MKEO Facilitator and Data Coach