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About KIDS

KIDS: Kindergarten Individual Development Survey

Evidence suggests that a young child’s development in key domains—including social and emotional learning, language and literacy, mathematics, and approaches to learning—correlate to long-term education outcomes. Understanding individual children’s readiness when they arrive at kindergarten allows educators and families employ a strengths-based approach, building from what children know and can do.

KIDS focuses four learning domains—Approaches to Learning and Self-Regulation; Social and Emotional Development; Language and Literacy Development; Cognition: Math.  State law requires all kindergarten teachers statewide to Illinois observe students on 14 Required Measures of Readiness in the first forty days of kindergarten. Teachers use the observations to place each child’s abilities on the KIDS’ development continuums and enter the information in KIDStech, a secure online system. For the first time in Illinois, KIDS provides a consistent statewide portrait of kindergarten readiness

Following are tools and resources to support districts and teachers in implementing KIDS.

KIDSTech Teacher Log-In

2018-19 KIDS Report and Data NOW AVAILABLE

The 2018-19 Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) report, plus state- and district-level data, are now available! ISBE today released data from the second year of statewide KIDS implementation, which took place at the beginning of this past school year, in fall 2018. This report and data support ISBE’s mission to collect readiness data for all kindergartners in the state.

 Administrators & Teachers Toolkit


 KIDS Implementation Resources For Teachers

Observe & Document, Record, Share

Observation Tools

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