Frequently Asked Questions
Below are responses to frequently asked questions. This page will be updated as common questions arise. If your question was not addressed, please email our team.
What is the time period to administer the KRA?
The KRA is to be administered within the first 45 calendar days from the beginning of the school year.
How are calendar days defined?
Calendar days are defined as both school days and weekends.
What is the process for kindergarten students who enroll after the first few weeks of school?
Kindergarten students who enroll after the first day of school will participate in the KRA. Data managers will keep teachers' rosters up-to-date throughout the administration window. If a child leaves one school or district and transfers to another, any completed KRA data will follow the child within the system. Students who enroll in kindergarten 45 calendar days after the first day of school are not required to be assessed. Students should be assessed within reason if they enroll during the 45 calendar day window.
Can the KRA be administered to students prior to the start of kindergarten?
No. Significant parts of the KRA assessment are observational. Teachers administer the assessment over time as part of their daily classroom routine. Unlike some other single domain assessments, the KRA is not designed or validated to be administered individually to students in one or two dedicated sessions or prior to kindergarten.
Why isn't the KRA administered with students at the end of GSRP?
The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is not universally available to all children in Michigan. Many incoming kindergarten students have participated in other pre-kindergarten programs such as Head Start or private tuition-based programs. In addition, a significant number of Michigan children do not attend any formal pre-kindergarten program. Kindergarten is the first opportunity to collect baseline developmental data on all Michigan students.
I teach at a virtual school. How do I administer KRA items?
Can a paraprofessional be trained to administer items using the KRA app?
Yes. School system employees can complete a brief (15-20 minute) “KRA App Proctor” training to be certified to administer only the items that are available on the optional KRA app (they cannot administer any items directly, only via the app). Teachers are responsible for training anyone who is helping them in this capacity.
Is participation in the MKEO voluntary?
PA108 requires the MKEO/KRA to be conducted in all kindergarten classrooms.
Should Developmental Kindergarten or Young 5s classrooms participate in the KRA?
Yes, Michigan defines Developmental Kindergarten or Young 5 programs as kindergarten. The MKEO will also gather readiness data on children participating in these classrooms as a cohort.
Should kindergarteners who participated in the KRA in DK or Young 5s classrooms participate again in their traditional kindergarten year?
Do public charter schools participate in the KRA?
Yes. As public school districts, charter school kindergarten programs will participate in the KRA.
Should kindergarteners who repeat kindergarten be assessed?
Yes. This includes kindergarteners who completed Developmental Kindergarten the prior year.
If my district chooses to use representative sampling, how does that work?
Can the KRA be used as an initial assessment for Michigan's 3rd Grade Reading Law?
Yes. PA108 specifically approves the Language and Literacy domain of the KRA tool for use by districts as a universal assessment to assist with identifying any possible area of concern for a student in English Language Arts.
Should schools and districts replace other kindergarten assessments with the KRA?
The KRA is intended to fit as part of a larger assessment system. The KRA is only administered in the Fall. The KRA tool provides entry-level data on students in multiple domains. The administration of the assessment will be significantly improved if teachers do not have to duplicate data collection for multiple assessment tools that gather similar information. Districts are encouraged to review their assessments to determine the information gained from each tool.
Can the data be utilized to assess teacher performance?
No. The KRA tool was not designed or validated to be an assessment of teacher performance. In addition, the assessment is administered once at the beginning of the kindergarten instruction period. It would be highly inappropriate for districts to utilize the student data to evaluate teacher performance.
Is the KRA used to determine whether K students are ready for kindergarten and to make a case for placing in Young 5s, Developmental Kindergarten, or retainment in kindergarten?
No. The KRA is never to be used for placement or retainment purposes.
Who should we contact for additional KRA kits?
If you are adding kindergarten sections in your district and/or school, you will first need to ensure there are no extra kits in the district. If there is still a need, you will need to reach out to your ISD Lead. Please remember that the KRA kits are secure test materials and should be treated as such. Therefore, if a teacher transitions out of the kindergarten classroom, the KRA kit should be retained for that classroom.
When will I receive my login/password information for the KReady system?
ISD-identified leads will receive an email to set up their KReady accounts in the spring. Trainers, data managers, and teachers will receive the KReady system emails to set up their accounts at their registered trainings. School administrators' accounts will be set up by data managers typically around the start of school.
If you are unsure if you have an account, you can go to michigan.kready.org and click the "Forgot Password" button. Your user name should be your district-provided email. If you have an account, you will receive a system-generated email from email@example.com.
What do we do if we do not remember our username and password to get onto the KReady site?
Your username is your district-provided email. Go to michigan.kready.org. Then, use the "Forgot Password" button. If you have an account, you will receive an email to reset your password. If you don't receive one, check your Spam Folder for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. If all else fails, contact your district Data Manager.
Can the KReady app be used on a Chromebook?
The KRA Apps available are iOS and Android . The Android app should be compatible with newer models of Chromebooks. According to JHU (the app developers), if there is a specific type of Chromebook where the Android app is not working, that may just be a setting adjustment in the app store. If you submit a ticket with the exact specifications for the Chromebook model, we can give that information to JHU for them to look into. The web version was specifically built for the older models of Chromebooks that do not support Android apps. You can find these apps on the michigan.kready.org login page.
What is the KRA app called?
The KRA App is called Ready for Kindergarten.