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Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS)The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) was established by the Illinois State Board of Education, in collaboration with the KIDS advisory committee. Developmentally appropriate and aligned, KIDS is a comprehensive process designed to locally provide information about children’s competencies across developmental domains over time, as well as to provide statewide information on whether Illinois’ kindergarteners have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in school. Additional information is available on ISBE's Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Advisory Committee page.

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Learning standards are used to help express what a student is capable of performing at a certain point in their development. The goal of the Kindergarten Standards has always been to provide teachers and caregivers useful information that is directly needed as part of their daily classroom work. As one teacher was quoted saying, “The standards are ideal for rookies and veterans who have moved to kindergarten as to what they should strive to help a typical kindergartener achieve.” You may download a copy of the standards at the following link.

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Illinois adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010, and teachers and administrators across the state fully implemented the new standard during the 2013-14 school year. The Common Core Standards establish clear expectations for what students should learn in English, language arts and mathematics at each grade level, therefore they determine what educators should teach, not how they should teach.

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The transition to kindergarten from prekindergarten is an exciting time for 5 year olds. Educators today are developing transition activities to help children and families as they take this important step. Kindergarten teachers and prekindergarten teachers are both a critical part of a successful transition. Both teachers work with parents and children to assure questions are answered, children are registered and the transition flows smoothly.

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