GKIDS 2015-2016

Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developmental Skills

GKIDS is a year-long, performance-based assessment aligned to the state mandated content standards. The goal of the assessment program is to provide teachers with information about the level of instructional support needed by individual students entering kindergarten and first grade.


The primary purpose of GKIDS is to provide ongoing diagnostic information about kindergarten students’ developing skills in English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Personal/Social Development, and Approaches to Learning. GKIDS will also provide a summary of student performance in English Language Arts and Mathematics at the end of the kindergarten school year. GKIDS should serve as one indicator of first grade readiness. GKIDS will serve both a formative and summative role in assessing kindergarten students.

What is Assessed?

Academic Content Areas

ELA • Math • Social Studies (optional) • Science (optional)

Non-Academic Dimensions of Learning

Personal/Social Development • Approaches to Learning • Motor Skills (optional)

Assessing the Academic Standards using Performance Levels

ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science standards will be assessed using 2-5 performance levels for each element. The number of performance levels was determined by the GKIDS Advisory Committee and is based on the range of student performance that can be observed for each element.

Performance Levels

Not Yet Demonstrated

Emerging • Progressing

Meets the Standard

Exceeds the Standard

2015-16 Updates

Revised descriptions of some ELA and Math standards to match Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE)

Revisions to some suggested activities

Kindergarten Entry Profile (KEP) Pilot

Teacher Responsibilities

Add your students to the database

Manually add students (available when the site went online on August 3), or

Select Students from School List (available on September 22, after student data from pre-ID Cycle 1 is uploaded)

Enter student data in the required domains: English Language Arts, Math, Approaches to Learning, and Personal/Social Development

Remove students from your class list if they move to a new school

Generate student and class reports throughout the year as needed

What if one of my students is not on the school list?

Any student who was entered manually prior to September 22 will not appear on the pre-populated school list.

If one of your students is not on the school list, go to “manage students” and select option 2, “student search” to see if the student has already been entered.

If the student is not already in the GKIDS database, you can manually enter the student.

Releasing Students & Editing Student Information

Use the “Remove from Roster” link to release a student who transfers out of your class. This does not delete the student from the GKIDS database; it simply takes the student off your class list.

The new student’s new teacher can acquire the student ONLY after he/she is released.

If you enter a student’s information incorrectly when adding a new student, DO NOT remove the student from your roster Click on “EDIT PROFILE” to the right of the student’s name to correct student information.

Use Student Search to Acquire Students

If a student has transferred to your class, use the “STUDENT SEARCH” option to search for and acquire the student.

• Go to Manage Students

• Select option # 2 – Student Search

• Enter the Student’s Name or GTID# and click search

• Click the “acquire link” that appears to the right of the name

• If there is no link, then the student hasn’t been released and you need to contact the school to ask them to release the student

DO NOT use the “ADD NEW STUDENT” function to acquire a transfer student

  • Once a student is in the database, you cannot add him/her again as a new student the error message “stunum taken,” means that the GTID# has already been entered in the database

GKIDS Resources

2015-16 GKIDS Administration Manual

Quick Reference Guide for 2015-16

Parent Brochure

Sample Baseline Assessment

These resources are posted in the “Resource Box” on the GKIDS page of the GaDOE website. Go to:


and click on “Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS)” at the bottom of the page.

For instructional support, you may browse the GaDOE frameworks at: www.georgiastandards.org/Frameworks.

Important Dates

September 22, 2015 GKIDS Website goes back online

January, 2016 Mid-Year student data files posted to systems in MyGaDoe Portal

May 6, 2016 Deadline for teachers to enter student assessment data

May 10, 2016

Print student reports, put a copy in permanent records, give Dr. Hildebrand a copy

May 27, 2016 Send student report home

June 10, 2016 GKIDS Website closes for the 2015-16 school year