The Brigance Kindergarten Screener is a screening tool used statewide at kindergarten entry that assesses whether a child is ready to hit the ground running at the start of his or her education career.
It provides teachers with an individual snapshot of each student’s current development and abilities, and collectively, the development of a class. The screener is aligned with both Kentucky’s school readiness definition and Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards. (704 KAR 5:070)
This assessment is not an entrance exam, and it’s not used for any kind of placement. It will be used for two important purposes:
- To help teachers develop more effective lesson plans and meet individual student learning needs sooner than they might have been able to do without the screener.
- To help Kentucky assess the effectiveness of our early childhood programs and initiatives. This will allow us to know what we are doing well, and where we need a little bit of work, as well as to measure improvement from year to year.
- The Brigance Kindergarten Screener has two parts and is administered in the first few weeks of the school year.
- The first part is a 20-minute, one-on-one assessment conducted in the classroom by trained elementary school personnel (ex. teacher, councilor, aide). Students are asked to perform tasks designed to indicate the child’s awareness, motor skills, engagement, and other skills. These might be exercises like identifying body parts, counting, giving their ages and names, and standing on one foot.
- >The second part is a form to be filled out by parents that explains their child’s habits and interests. Parents are also asked what type of setting (at home, preschool, child care, etc.) the child was in during the 12 months prior to starting Kindergarten.
The Results Are In!
Fifty percent of Kentucky kids arrive at kindergarten ready. Teachers administered the Kindergarten Readiness Screener to 46,789 kindergarten students in all 173 school districts at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. The kindergarten readiness screener data is available in the supplemental data section of KDE’s Open House and will be added to the school report card in the fall.
On the one hand, about 50 percent of those students were deemed “prepared” or “ready.” These children were more likely to be engaged in and comfortable with the work ahead. On the other hand, about 50 percent of first-time kindergartners were deemed “not ready.”