The primary purpose of GKIDS is to provide ongoing diagnostic information about kindergarten students' developing skills in English-language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, personal/social development, and approaches to learning. GKIDS will also provide a summary of student performance in English-language arts and mathematics at the end of the kindergarten school year. GKIDS should serve as one indicator of first grade readiness, and it serves both a formative and summative role in assessing kindergarten students.
There are seven areas or domains of learning that are assessed as part of GKIDS:
English Language Arts
GKIDS is aligned to the state's mandated content standards in English-language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. There are also three non-academic domains that contribute to a student's readiness for first grade (approaches to learning, personal and social development, and motor skills). The domains of social studies, science, and motor skills are optional.
Systems may require teachers to use GKIDS to collect and report information locally on student performance in these areas, but this data will not be part of the end-of-the-year report, and it is not required to be entered into the GKIDS Data Entry and Reporting website unless required by the system. Systems have the option of requiring only some elements of Social Studies, Science, or Motor Skills to be assessed, all of the elements of these domains to be assessed, or none of the elements of these domains to be assessed. Many standards have multiple elements. In GKIDS, students are assessed at the element level, where possible.