The Illinois State Department of Education (ISBE) has announced the state will obtain and report consistent measures of developmental readiness for all kindergarten students starting in the fall of 2017. Beginning this school year, all K teachers in the district will complete the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) on every student in their class. The "survey" consists of observations of students as they go about their daily routines of playing and schoolwork. Children will engage in play-based learning -- without interruption in their education -- while teachers observe behaviors and interactions and collect work samples.
KIDS measures kindergarten students’ development across four important learning domains — Approaches to Learning and Self-Regulation, Social and Emotional Development, Language and Literacy Development, and Math. KIDS is validated, informed by research, and aligned with state learning standards. Families will receive more information about their child’s individual development during school curriculum nights, parent conferences and through district report card distribution. You can also read more information about KIDS at https://www.isbe.net/Pages/KIDS_Parents_Families.aspx.