Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)
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About WaKIDS

WaKIDS provides a snapshot of where Washington’s kindergartners are in their development early in the school year. These data help inform state and district-level decisions about education policy and investments, and classroom decisions about individualized learning. It is legislatively mandated to be part of state-funded, full-day kindergarten (RCW 28A.150.315 and RCW 28A.655.080).


WaKIDS is a partnership paid for with state, federal and private funding. Partners include:

Financial support is provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

OSPI Memoranda and Bulletins

Background Reports


  • SSHB 1723 (2013) Up to three days for family connection
  • RCW 28A.655.080 (2012) WaKIDS mandatory in state-funded, full-day kindergarten, waiver authority, legislative workgroup
  • RCW 28A.150.220 (2011) Basic education requirements for kindergarten
  • RCW 28A.150.315 (2011) Requirements of state-funded, full-day kindergarten
  • WAC 392.335.010 (2007) Eligibility age for kindergarten

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