Early Learning Update 02-27-20

Early Learning Assessment

Dear Early Learning Assessment Data Managers,

We appreciate everything you do to support teaching and learning with Ohio’s youngest learners.  Please review the following updates about the Early Learning Assessment (ELA).

ELA spring data collection

There was a change in the ELA technology for the 2019-2020 school year.  There are now  two separate ELA data collections (fall and spring) in the Ready for Kindergarten (KReady) online system.  We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this has caused for the current spring collection that started on February 15 and will end on May 14. 

If you have not already added the students to the spring enrollment in KReady, you will need to do that before your teachers can enter any assessment data for this window.  Please follow the same procedures you did in the fall for adding students to the fall data collection.  However, you will need the spring data collection token, elasp20

If you work with a student information system to automatically generate the enrollment data for you, that system might not have the enrollment token preloaded and might even still have the fall token.  If that happens, you can simply replace the fall data token with the spring data token.

Data manager training  We have scheduled a series of Webinars to support you with the Early Learning Assessment (ELA) spring 2020 administration window. All Webinars are recorded and are made available shortly after they occur. If you missed the Webinars from February 3rd and 5th, you can find them here.

ELA KReady Data Manager Q + A Webinar  Thursday, March 12, 2020 10:00 am – 11:00 am  Current data managers will have the opportunity to ask questions in advance and receive responses from members of the KReady leadership and support team. The team will address questions specific to the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) and Early Learning Assessment (ELA) from topics previously submitted by KReady assessment/data managers across the state via a survey. The topics will come from participant survey responses. Data Managers can submit questions and suggestions here > Survey Link. Register for this webinar. 

ELA KReady Building Administrator Webinar Tuesday, April 21, 2020 10:00 am – 11:00 am  This webinar is for persons that have the role of building administrator and that access building level reports using the Kindergarten Online Assessment System (KReady) on the Early Learning Assessment (ELA). This session will feature information specific to accessing various reports and insights for using the data to make decisions regarding instruction. Register for this webinar  

ELA Data Manager 2020 Update Webinar Wednesday, May 6, 2020 10:00 am– 11:00 am  This webinar is for data managers responsible for submitting ELA reporting data to EMIS or EAS. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive responses from the KReady support team and program specialists from the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness. The topics will include closing down the Spring 2020 assessment window, data clean up considerations and an explanation on reporting the ELA data and other important topics. Register for this webinar

Archived Webinars Ohio K12 Help archives webinars for the early care and education programs that are using the Ohio Early Learning Assessment. The webinars can be accessed here

For more information

Check out the department’s Early Learning Assessment Website

Contact the Help Desk: The Ohio K12 Help desk provides support for statewide K12 education programs including the Early Learning Assessment (ELA) and the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA). Go to www.ohio-k12.help or call 844-K12-OHIO (844-512-6446) to submit a ticket for technical assistance. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at ELAHelp@education.ohio.gov  or Elizabeth.Agnew@education.ohio.gov.

Office of Early Learning & School Readiness Curriculum & Assessment Team