The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) is a tool that Illinois teachers began using in the fall of 2017 to determine school readiness. This new resource allows teachers to observe kindergarten students’ development in critical learning areas, such as language, literacy and mathematics, within the first 40 days of school. In addition, teachers observe a child’s social and emotional learning and the development of skills, such as curiosity, creativity and perseverance. Observations take place as kindergarten students go about their daily routines of learning and playing in the classroom and teachers use these observations to plan for instruction.
For more information about the KIDS assessment, please review the following communication from the Illinois State Board of Education: KIDS Overview For Families. Additional resources can be found at KIDS Families.