Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)
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Whole-Child Assessment

Before October 31, kindergarten teachers complete an assessment of each child’s developing skills in six areas: social-emotional, physical, cognitive, language, literacy and mathematics. They use an observational tool called Teaching Strategies GOLD® to assess what students know and can do.

As with any state assessment, a parent or guardian has the right to opt a child out of WaKIDS, following a district’s established policies and procedures.

What Is Assessed


See the OSPI Assessment web page to view the Teaching Strategies GOLD® technical report and calendar.


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