AISAP Exchange Discussion

Assessments for PK/JK/K applicants

  • 1.  Assessments for PK/JK/K applicants

    Posted 03-11-2019 16:19
    Hello AISAP Members,
    Just after spring break we will be taking a closer look at the assessment tools we utilize to evaluate children applying to our Prekindergarten (3 by Sept 1), Junior Kindergarten (4 by September 1) and Kindergarten. We have not updated these in quite some time and currently use a combination of tools including: AGS, Kindergarten Readiness Test, informal evaluation tools and classroom observation on the visit day (JK and K only; Prekindergarten applicants attend a playgroup).

    Please help us by sharing what you employ to learn about your youngest applicants.
    Thank you!
    Claudia Fritz

    Claudia Fritz
    Associate Director of Enrollment Management
    University School of Milwaukee
    Milwaukee WI

  • 2.  RE: Assessments for PK/JK/K applicants

    Posted 03-12-2019 08:16
    We will be very interested to hear from the group as we have been using the same tools for a long time as well and have been looking for a suitable replacement for several years, but have not found one. The challenge is that we need something that will give us age-appropriate norms and feedback in a relatively short period of time during a group evaluation visit.  We use the KSEALS for our PK and the AGS ESP for our K. We also use a few pages of the Beery to look at VMI, but to be honest, we just eyeball it and don't have anyone on staff trained to score it.  The norms for the KSEALS and AGS are no longer up-to-date and we have even replaced some of the pictures.  We just have not found anything else that gives us useful info in 10-15 minutes working one-on-one with an evaluator.  There have been several attempts to use technology for this, but all that I have seen expect a young child to sit and focus for far too long.  The rest oft he visit is a group observation in our classroom that includes free play and circle time.   

    Thanks for posting this!


    Geordie Mitchell
    Director of Enrollment Management
    Director of Strategic Initiatives
    Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
    80 Gerry's Landing Road
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    (857) 998-3072 - Cell
    (617) 800-2135 - Office

  • 3.  RE: Assessments for PK/JK/K applicants

    Posted 03-28-2019 08:55
    We use Dial 4 for PK-4th and find that it is a great assessment tool.

    Annie Hasselgren
    Director of Community Outreach
    The Country School
    Easton MD