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2022-2023 Kindergarten School Readiness Assessment Review
Colorado's Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K) requires the State Board of Education to review and adopt kindergarten school readiness assessments every six years. In support, the department is beginning a two part process for vendors to submit assessments to be reviewed for the Kindergarten School Readiness Colorado State Board of Education Approved List of Assessments. For more information, please visit 2022-2023 Kindergarten School Readiness Assessment Review Process.
Ready Child, Ready System
Every child, in every community deserves access to high quality, evidence-based early learning experiences. A strong start is crucial to ensuring student’s ultimate success in school, postsecondary education, in the workforce and in life (§22-7-1002). Effective, engaging programming within an aligned system ready for every child will ensure a child’s preparedness to benefit from learning experiences.
To support ready children, ready schools, and partnerships within communities, School Readiness supports ongoing, aligned assessments to inform instruction, Pk-3 transitions, and full-day Kindergarten in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Early Childhood Leadership Commission, University partners, and other state and local agencies.
Colorado’s School Readiness Definition
School readiness describes both the preparedness of a child to engage in and benefit from learning experiences, and the ability of a school to meet the needs of all students enrolled in publicly funded preschool or kindergarten. School readiness is enhanced when schools, families, and community service providers work collaboratively to ensure that every child is ready for higher levels of learning in academic content. State Board of Education, 2017.
News and Announcements
A Kindergarten School Readiness Assessment Timeline is now available. This timeline provides an overview to the kindergarten school assessment timeline.
NEW: Kindergarten School Readiness Guide: The purpose of this guide is to support the implementation of kindergarten school readiness as it pertains to statutory requirements in Colorado.
Transition to kindergarten resources are now available. These resources were created through the Birth-Five Preschool Development Grant in partnership with the National P-3 Center and the Office of Early Childhood.
The Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids Legislative Report (2022) is now available on the School Readiness Resources webpage. This report details the results of the 2021 kindergarten school readiness data collection.
- Improvement Planning and Early Learning guidance and documents are now available.