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Pennsylvania's Kindergarten Entry Inventory

Until 2014, Pennsylvania estimated children's skill levels entering kindergarten based on district-specific tools, but there was no consistent statewide measure to identify a child's cognitive and non-cognitive skills levels or evaluate aggregate data for continuous quality improvement in P-3 alignment. Over a three-year period, Pennsylvania has piloted and refined a reliable Kindergarten Entry Inventory. As part of its Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, Pennsylvania will expand the Kindergarten Entry Inventory statewide at no cost to school districts and develop professional development and supports to inform instruction, professional development, and P-3 alignment.

Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit in partnership with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning provides a Kindergarten Entry Inventory landing page that can be accessed at http://kei-pa.org.  All materials including the inventory, asynchronous professional development, proficient user assignment (log in required) , resources, KEI data entry system (log in required), and data system training snippets are housed on the landing page.  In 2015, 1,016 teachers from 306 schools (50 districts; 15 charter schools) finalized Kindergarten Entry Inventory (KEI) observations for 21,168 children, a 34% increase in the number of children from Cohort 1 (2014.)