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Indicator 1:

First grade readiness

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What does it measure?

The Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS), that replaced the GKAP test, is a year-long performance-based assessment. It measures the percentage of kindergarten children who enter first grade ready to succeed in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Approaches to Learning, and Personal/Social Development. ELA tests the child’s writing, reading and oral abilities. The Math assessment tests the child’s general understanding of numbers and operations, measurement, geometry, data analysis and probability. Approaches to Learning evaluates the development of positive approaches toward learning new skills as well as using knowledge and skills students already possess, such as creativity or curiosity. The Personal and Social Development category evaluates the child’s ability to interact with other children and their capacity for self-regulation. The GKIDS test was administered for the first time in 2008-2009.

 

Why is it important?

The goal of the assessment program is to provide kindergarten and first grade teachers with diagnostic information and to identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses. At the end of the year, summary reports and individual student reports are generated based on the data the teacher has provided throughout the year. As the percentage of students ready to enter first grade increases, it suggests that the community is fostering a culture of learning and education prior to entering the elementary education system.


How are we doing?

The GKIDS results for the 2012-13 school year show that Chatham County English and Math results exceeded the Georgia results for the third consecutive year. However, the 2012-2013 English and Math GKIDS exam scores in Chatham County decreased 4.2 and 4.0 percentage points, respectively, from the previous year, as compared to similarly falling rates in Georgia.  The smallest loss at the local level was achieved in Approach to Learning, falling 2.5 percentage points each to 79.3% of the children meeting or exceeding the standard.

 

In Georgia public schools, there were similar losses in English and Math, with the rates falling 4.8 and 3.5 percentage points of students meeting or exceeding a standard. At the state level, the results for “Approach to Learning” were the most stable of scores, falling slightly to 75.1 percent from 76.5 percent. In general, results in Chatham County schools have increased substantially in “Approach to Learning” and “Personal/Social Development,” while results for Math and English have increased more modestly since 2008-09.
 



PERCENT OF STUDENTS ENTERING FIRST GRADE READY TO SUCCEED:
GKIDS RESULTS 2008-2013 FOR SAVANNAH-CHATHAM COUNTY
Source: Savannah-Chatham County Public School System



PERCENT OF STUDENTS ENTERING FIRST GRADE READY TO SUCCEED:
GKIDS RESULTS 2008-2013 FOR GEORGIA
Source: Georgia Department of Education


 


 

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