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Teachers’ Perspectives on Year Two Implementation of a Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
Early Education and Development (2019)
  • Rachel E. Schachter, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Erin E. Flynn, Portland State University
  • Amy R. Napoli, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Shayne B. Piasta, Ohio State University
Abstract
In this study we examined teachers’ perspectives regarding the second year of
implementing a Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA). Using a mixedmethods
approach, we focused on the administration process, the perceived
benefits of the assessment, and how teachers used the assessment to inform
instruction. We also investigated whether these differed by teacher and district
characteristics and how KRA experiences were different in the second year of
implementation. Research Findings: Teachers generally did not view the KRA as
beneficial for instruction or for students, reporting administration difficulties,
inadequate KRA content, and limited utility of KRA data for supporting instruction
as ongoing barriers to KRA use. Although the administration process
seemed to be easier in the second year, teachers still reported it as burdensome,
cutting into important beginning of kindergarten activities. Notably,
teacher training and experience were associated with perceptions. Practice or
Policy: Reasons for perceived lack of utility have important implications for
future KRA design and implementation. These include better integration of
KRAs into existing assessment systems, recognizing the added burden of KRAs
to teachers (particularly at the beginning of kindergarten), and the role that
additional training may have in supporting use of KRAs at the local level.
Keywords
  • Kindergarten Readiness Assessments,
  • Teacher Perspectives,
  • Early Childhood Education
Publication Date
October 24, 2019
DOI
10.1080/10409289.2019.1679606
Citation Information
Rachel E. Schachter, Erin E. Flynn, Amy R. Napoli and Shayne B. Piasta. "Teachers’ Perspectives on Year Two Implementation of a Kindergarten Readiness Assessment" Early Education and Development (2019)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/erin-flynn/9/