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Old 05-11-2018, 05:29 PM
 
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I proposed to the princ that the k teachers pre-assess students before they begin school in August.This information will help to sort the kids between classes and inform teachers so they can quickly organize intervention and enrichment instruction. The princ was open to the idea and will buy the needed the supplies we want to give to the parents. Do you do this type of assessment before school? If so, do you have any organizing and procedure advice?


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We give the Brigance (K screener) and have the parents fill out paperwork. Some years we have been able to get the SLP to come in and do the speech screener and the nurse to do her screening.

A few days after that we have Kinder Camp for 1/2 a day. Kids come with their parents — we separate them (always fun!). The parents have a talk with the principal and go to a parent fair, while the kids go to their classroom, walk the school, meet specials teachers and then have a snack (go through the cafeteria line). At the end, we have parents drive through the car rider line to pick up their child!
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We don't do anything like this and here is one reason why: we don't want our first interaction with an incoming Kinder to be testing. Also, consider the validity of the results. The kids are nervous, sitting with a stranger...they aren't likely to give you accurate results.

Sorry to be raining on your parade, but just a few things you might want to consider.
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Thanks for your advice everyone
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We don't do one, much for the same reasons as Zia. The one year we did do it, we found that it really didn't make a difference. What a kid shows you on a test in August often has little bearing on how they are performing in the classroom in October.


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Thank you Sbkangas. I appreciate the input but am going ahead with the plan for reasons I will not discuss here on this board. I have found some ideas elsewhere and if anyone has any experience to share regarding this activity,I'd be grateful for the input.
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Our Kindergarten Center has done a "round up" assessment for years now. We have it about 3 weeks before school begins. Our assessment covers the following: letter identification, knowledge of sounds, colors, number identification to 10, oral counting (see how high they can count), if they can write their first name, and shapes. After the assessment, our speech teacher sits down and has a friendly conversation with the parents and child to see if there may be any signs of speech concerns. The interview process also gives the parents a time to ask any questions they may have or share any insights about their child.
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