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News and Announcements

    Virtual KIDS Summit for Kindergarten Teachers
    March 15, 16, and 18, 2021 from 4-6 p.m. each day

  • REMINDERS - KIDS Data Upload: Like many things this year, the Fall 2020 KIDS data collection guidancePDF Document has been adjusted to take the current COVID 19 situation into account.
    However, district-level preparations for teacher data entry into KIDStech remain consistent with previous years. The following steps must occur before teachers can enter student ratings into KIDStech:
    • Make sure all Kindergarten teachers, including teachers new to Kindergarten and Special Education teachers with Kindergarten students, have attended a KIDS Training.
      • Teachers are REQUIRED to attend official KIDS training to obtain a KIDStech account and login, which is necessary to enter ratings during the rating period windows.
      • The list of virtual training dates and link to register is available at www.isbe.net/KIDS.
    • Identify the district personnel responsible for SIS data and uploads.
    • Enter Kindergarten student information into SIS and assign course codes.

    For more information, refer to the KIDS Implementation Planning GuidePDF Document, contact your KIDS Coach (found in KIDS Resources at the bottom of this page) or email Terri Lamb at tlamb@isbe.net​.​​

KIDS Administrators and Teachers Training

  • Virtual KIDS Summit for Kindergarten Teachers​ - Save the Date​PDF Document
  • Register now for a KIDS implementation training near you!
    • Virtual KIDS Implementation Training:   Register Here
    • A Virtual one-day training on how to implement the Illinois Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS). The KIDS Training introduces teachers to the design of KIDS and provides the opportunity to participate in reviewing and reflecting on evidence to rate student progress along a developmental continuum. Training time is 8:00 am -- 3:30 pm.
      • Friday, April 9, 202​1,​ 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      • Monday, April 1​9, 2021, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • If you are interested in a KIDS training but are unable to find a session near you, please contact Michelle Escapa at 217-801-6566.​
    • View on-demand sessionsPDF Document.​​

​KIDS​ Resources​​

 Administrators & Teachers Toolkit

 Families Toolkit

At-Home Family Activites 

Approaches to Learning and Self-Regulation

Investigate Together (ATL-REG 1)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Feelings Are Fantastic (ATL-REG 2)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Keep up the Great Work (ATL-REG 3)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document

Language and Literacy Development

Talk, Listen and Learn (LLD3)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Talk Together (LLD4)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Read and Write Together (LLD6)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Learning By Listening to Language (LLD8)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Discover Letter and Words (LLD9)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document


Sorting, Classifying and Learning (Math 1)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Counting Up, Down and All Around (Math 2)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Making Sense Of Number (Math 3) English​PDF Document
Spanish ​PDF Document
Discover Shapes in Many Places (Math 6) English​PDF Document
Spanish ​PDF Document
Social and Emotional Development Supporting Adult-Child Relationships (SED 3) English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document
Work and Play Together (SED 4)
English​PDF Document
Spanish​PDF Document

 Public Data Reports

​KIDS Data Release - Fall 2019

KIDS Data Release - Fall 2018

KIDS Data Release - Fall 2017

​The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today released the first-ever statewide snapshot of kindergarten readiness in Illinois. The data cap off the first year of the state’s bold effort to collect readiness data for all kindergarteners in the state.

 Materials and Resources

Third Annual Mastering KIDS Summit

The third annual Mastering KIDS Summit welcomed all Illinois kindergarten teachers and school and district administrators for a day of learning and sharing best practices around using the KIDS tool.

December 12-13, 2019

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 201 Broadway Avenue, Normal, Illinois 61761

KIDS MVP Press Release​
2019 Mastering KIDS Summit Highlights​PDF Document


 Find Your KIDS Coach

​KI​DS Coach Map

KIDS Coaches are available to help teachers, administrators and districts with additional training and technical support. KIDS Coaches provide range of services including, but not limited to, one-on-one technical assistance calls and visits, group coaching sessions, classroom walkthroughs, overview meetings and support in interpreting and using data to improve classroom instruction.

KIDS Coaches are assigned to state regions. Following are three ways to find contact information for the Coach assigned to your region:

  1. Hover your mouse over your county on the interactive map (right) and the name and contact information for your assigned coach will pop up;
  2. Type your district name in the search box (below), hit “enter” and the name and contact information for your assigned coach will pop up;
  3. Click on a specific coach name in the upper left corner box on your screen; the Coach’s region on the interactive map (right) will be is highlighted and move to the forefront of the map, and the Coach’s contact info appears.
The list of coaches is always in the upper left of the screen for quick reference.
KIDS: Kindergarten Individual Development Survey

The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) is an observational tool designed to help teachers, administrators, families and policymakers better understand the developmental readiness of children entering kindergarten.  KIDS is core to the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) goal that every child in Illinois deserves to attend a school wherein all kindergarteners are assessed for readiness.  Kindergarten teachers statewide began using KIDS in Fall 2017. The statewide implementation followed five years of piloting with select districts. KIDS deepens our collective understanding of the importance of investing in early learning for all students to get a strong start. 

KIDS focuses on the knowledge, skills, and behaviors across four key domains that most impact long-term student success. The domains are: Approaches to Learning and Self-Regulation; Social and Emotional Development; Language and Literacy Development; and Cognition: Math.