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(KESA) Kindergarten Essential Skill Assessment
(KESA-1) Kindergarten Essential Skills Assessment Kit
Measures Critical Skills that Predict End-of-Year Kindergarten Success
Author: Raymond E. Webster, PhD / Angela H. Matthews, MA, CAS
Ages 4 to 5
Qualification Level B
The Kindergarten Essential Skills Assessment (KESA) is designed to measure the critical skills that predict end-of-year kindergarten success. KESA supports the early identification and intervention for children who are at-risk for kindergarten retention and Special Education referral. It can help providers determine the need for additional classroom supports and/or further evaluations. The KESA works well as a global screener that can provide the teacher with a snapshot of the range of skills and challenges in the class.
The KESA can be used in the last year of preschool and also at the start of kindergarten, and covers the major factors that have been identified as predictive of school success:
ability to comprehend and follow auditory directions
visual memory and visual attention
KESA can be used by:
anyone who conducts kindergarten screenings
Administration and Scoring
The KESA takes 25-30 minutes to administer and 5-10 minutes to score. Scoring is easy, no basal or ceilings are needed. The raw score is quickly converted to one overall standard score and percentile rank.
The Kindergarten Essential Skills Assessment was normed on a representative national sample of 486 4-to 5-year olds. The KESA has a strong test-retest (r=0.89, p<.001) and inter-rater (ICC=.988, p<.001) reliability, and is a good predictor of end of year kindergarten status (Avg=0.80).
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