EDC to Study RI Kindergarten Entry Assessment Practices

Jackie Bourassa Photo

EDC has won a contract with the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) to conduct research to understand national and state perspectives on Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) practices. Clare Irwin, Kyle DeMeo Cook, and Jackie Bourassa (shown at left) will collaborate closely with RIDE staff on the development, administration, and analysis of a survey of elementary school administrators to understand current KEA practices in Rhode Island, while gaining a better understanding of national practices through a literature review. Irwin said, “We are very excited to be working with RIDE on this project. Not only will the work we do help inform the Department as it plans to roll out a new KEA system in the coming years, it will also inform our other work in the region. This is a perfect companion project to our work in the Regional Educational Laboratory-Northeast & Islands, including our current study of KEAs.”

In November, Irwin, DeMeo Cook, Bourassa, and Julie Riordan will present the session “Creating an Early Childhood Education Research Agenda: Helping Practitioners and Policymakers to Identify Researchable Questions to Create an Actionable Program of Research” at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Learn more about the REL-NEI’s Early Childhood Education Research Alliance and the current study of KEAs led by Riordan.

Last Updated: July 2013