The GKIDS Readiness Check Parent Resource Website is now available!
The GKIDS Readiness Check is a new component of the Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS). It is designed to be administered during the first six weeks of the kindergarten year. The GKIDS Readiness Check is aligned to the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS) and correlated to the state mandated content standards for kindergarten. The goal of the assessment is to provide information about the skills of students entering kindergarten.
The primary purpose of
the GKIDS Readiness Check is to highlight knowledge and skills critical for
student success in learning – solely to guide instruction.
The GKIDS Readiness
Check is designed to be developmentally appropriate, reflecting research-based
best practices for young learners, and will provide information that allows kindergarten
teachers to individualize student instruction.
Domains of Learning
There are three areas
or domains of learning assessed by the GKIDS Readiness Check:
Foundations of School
This domain includes students’ approaches to learning,
social and emotional development, and physical development and development of
motor skills. These attributes and skills, while often viewed as non-academic,
are leading indicators of students’ progression towards future academic
- Engages in independent activities and continues tasks over a period of time.
- Independently follows rules and routines.
- Plays cooperatively with a few peers for a sustained period of time.
- Uses senses to observe, classify, and learn about objects and environment.
- Makes statements and appropriately answers questions about how objects/materials can be used to solved problems.
- Effectively uses words, sentences, and actions to communicate needs, ideas, opinions, and preferences.
- Performs fine-motor tasks that require small-muscle strength and control.
English Language Arts
This domain includes
children’s early language and literacy development. These skills are
foundational for fluent and effective communication and literacy skills such as
reading and writing.
- Listens and differentiates between sounds that are the same and different.
- Recognizes and names some upper case letters of the alphabet.
- Recognizes and names some lower case letters of the alphabet.
- Tracks words from left to right, top to bottom, and page to page.
- Draws pictures and copies letters and/or numbers to communicate.
- Listens to and follows multi-step directions.
- Uses spoken language that can be understood with ease.
- Uses writing tools.
includes an understanding of shapes and spatial relationships, problem solving,
identifying similarities and differences, and basic numeracy concepts.
- Recites numbers up to 20 in sequence.
- Counts at least 10 objects using one-to-one correspondence.
- Recognizes numerals (0 – 9).
- Sorts and classifies objects using one or more attributes or relationships
- Recognizes and names common two-dimensional shapes (circle, square, rectangle, triangle).
for the GKIDS Readiness Check are designed to allow some flexibility for the
teacher during administration. Common classroom materials may be used for most
activities. For some skills, teachers may assess by observing student performance
during the course of regular classroom instruction.
The testing window for
the GKIDS Readiness Check is the first six weeks of the kindergarten year. This
six-week window will vary across districts, depending on the start date of the
school year. Teachers may administer assessment activities at any time during
this window. There is no prescribed order of activities.
A parent resource
website is available to provide additional information on the GKIDS Readiness Check, including resources to further guide and support students at home.