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Kindergarten Readiness Screener

Ohanian Comment: If this doesn't make you rage and weep, check your pulse. And go talk to a 4-year-old.

Prekindergarten Education performance standards. . .

The Business Roundtable at work, setting up babies for the competitive, dog-eat-dog society making every parent anxious about whether their child measures up for participation in the global economy.

Don't eat their Globaloney. Instead, in the name of four- and five-year-olds, should send a question to:

earlylearning@fldoe.org

Read this and weep.

Read this and fight back.

If you haven't already solicited 100 signatures for the Educator Roundtable petition, now is the time to do it. We need numbers on that petition.



Florida Department of Education

March 19, 20007

MEMORANDUM # 07-09
TO: District Assessment Coordinators Assistant Superintendents for Curriculum and Instruction

FROM: Shan Goff, Executive Director, Office of Early Learning Cornelia S. Orr, Administrator, Office of Assessment and School Performance

SUBJECT: 2007-08 Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS) - Regional Training Meetings
Consistent with the Department of Education̢۪s (DOE̢۪s) strategic imperative to improve student rates of learning, we are pleased to provide information on the 2007-08 Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS). Section 1002.69, Florida Statutes, requires the DOE to adopt a statewide kindergarten screening that assesses the readiness of each student for kindergarten based upon the adopted Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education performance standards and requires each school district to administer the statewide screening to each kindergarten student in the school district within the first 30 days of each school year.

As in 2006-07, FLKRS is made up of a subset of the Early Childhood Observation System (ECHOS), an observational instrument that is used to monitor the skills, knowledge, and behaviors a student demonstrates or needs to develop; and two probes of the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), Letter Naming Fluency and Initial Sound Fluency.

School districts will be able to order the instrument through the Harcourt Spectrum system from March 26 to April 20. Detailed information regarding ordering will be disseminated to assessment coordinators in the coming weeks. A series of eight Regional Update Meetings to provide district staff with guidance regarding the implementation FLKRS has been scheduled. Attachment A provides information regarding meeting dates and locations.

It is recommended that these meetings be attended by the District Coordinator of Assessment or his/her designee, a representative of elementary curriculum and instruction, and an individual assuming primary responsibility for the organization of FLKRS training in the district. The meetings are not intended for individual teachers who will be administering the FLKRS instruments, but for those individuals who will be responsible for communicating changes in district procedures and practices. It is also recommended that small and medium districts send no more than four representatives, while large districts may send up to eight persons.

Please submit the name, district name, phone number, and e-mail address of the District Coordinator of Assessment by April 1, 2007. We request that the District Coordinator of Assessment coordinate the district response by completing Attachment B, the registration form to be used to reserve space at one of the meetings. Our office must receive this form no later than the close of business April 15, 2007. Please send the above requested information to the attention of Cathy Cross at cathy.cross@fldoe.org.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Early Learning, at (850) 2450445, SunCom 205-0445, or via email at earlylearning@fldoe.org.
SG/cc

Attachments (2)
cc: VPK Regional Facilitators District Prekindergarten Program Contacts
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— Florida Department of Education
memo
2007-03-19


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