Curriculum & Assessment

Early Learning Assessment


What is the Early Learning Assessment (ELA)?                      

Ohio’s Early Learning Assessment (ELA) is a tool for teachers of preschool age children to learn about the current level of each child’s skills, knowledge and behaviors in the areas of Social Foundations, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Well-Being and Motor Development, as well as the Fine Arts.

This assessment will require teachers to observe children during the natural course of the child’s day. The ELA is a continuous process of knowing about the child’s learning as the learning is happening throughout the year. Children will not complete test questions or provide test answers. The ELA is an ongoing process of observations performed by the teacher to gather information on how a child is developing over time. This process allows the teacher to form an understanding of the child’s learning and development that will assist them in planning future learning opportunities.

Teachers will be able to share a report with families that explains their findings and provide suggestions on activities families can do at home to continue to support children’s growth and development.

Any Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) 3-5 star rated program is required to to use the 10-Required Learning Progressions of the ELA.

More information on the ELA can be found here.


ELA Updates:

   Bridge Form: Based on feedback from the field, ODE has worked to improve The Bridge Form. You will want to download the new version loaded on Jan. 10. If you moving data from an older version of the Bridge Form to the newest version, here are directions to help. Programs are advised to ensure that all data in their SIS is updated. As a reminder, the Bridge Form is an Excel Spreadsheet that is programmed to generate the 10 Learning Progression Scores that need to be reported in EMIS or EAS by programs who use the Early Learning Assessment.  


Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

What is the KRA?                                                                              

At the beginning of each school year, children in public school kindergarten programs will be assessed using Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. This assessment includes ways for teachers to measure a child’s readiness for engaging with instruction aligned to the kindergarten standards.

Ohio's Early Learning and Development Standards (birth to kindergarten entry) are the basis for the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment is used to assess four areas of early learning:

●   Social Foundations- including social and emotional development, and approaches toward learning

●   Mathematics

●   Language and Literacy

●   Physical Well-being and Motor Development

Schools and districts can begin KRA administration starting the first day of school, or the first day that schools and districts take attendance for students who are enrolled in kindergarten. The administration window closes on Nov. 1.

More information about the KRA can be found here. 


KRA and Third Grade Reading Guarantee:

The Language and Literacy portion of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment can be used to meet the reading diagnostic assessment requirement of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. To meet the diagnostic requirement, teachers must complete the Language and Literacy portion by Nov. 1.


KRA Updates:

●   Kindergarten Readiness Assessment 2017-2018 Fact Sheet 

●  Kindergarten Readiness Assessment FAQs 

Contact Information

Teresa Brown
Cell: 440-759-8559