WaKIDS isn’t a “test.” Kindergarten teachers observe children during everyday
classroom activities. This helps teachers find out what each child knows and can
do at the beginning of the school year. Knowing more about children’s entering
skills and strengths helps teachers and parents work together to support student
growth in the kindergarten year.
Before October 31, teachers take an inventory of each child's developing
skills in six areas:
They use an observational tool called
GOLD™ by Teaching Strategies®.
Parents who wish to excuse their children from participating in this inventory should notify their building principal in writing during the first week of school, or as soon as possible thereafter.
The state is phasing in WaKIDS in all state-funded, full-day kindergarten classrooms. Public schools that have not yet received state funding for full-day kindergarten may volunteer to participate, as well.
- Reference Guide for the Connections of WaKIDS Objectives to Washington State K-12 Learning Standards, Including Common Core
8.5 x 11 | Booklet Format 11 x 17
- Principal Series, #3: Whole-Child Assessment, is a one-page flyer with guidance for principals leading the implementation of WaKIDS in their schools. It is one document in a series.
- Characteristics of Children Entering Kindergarten
Spanish describes attributes commonly found in entering kindergartners and measured by WaKIDS.
- List of GOLD™ Objectives Assessed by WaKIDS
| Spanish (revised 2015)
See the OSPI Assessment web page to view the
GOLD™ by Teaching Strategies® technical report and