Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA)

The Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment System (TX-KEA) is the result of a collaborative effort between the US Department of Education, the Texas Education Agency, and the Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth to develop and validate a school readiness screener that can be reliably administered by kindergarten teachers in Texas. It covers multiple child development domains and better informs kindergarten teachers about the children in their classes, helping them to design more appropriate learning opportunities. In August 2017, TX-KEA launched on CLI Engage.

During the 2017-18 school year, TX-KEA is transitioning from a one-time kindergarten entry assessment to a progress monitoring tool. MOY measures and reports will be available in January 2018, and EOY measures and reports will be available in April 2018.

Login to CLI Engage to access the TX-KEA assessments, reporting features, and training materials. Staff at Texas public school districts and charter schools, sign up for CLI Engage for no-cost access to TX-KEA.

TX-KEA Domains and Subtests

  • Language
    • Vocabulary
    • Listening Comprehension
  • Literacy
    • Letter Names
    • Letter Sounds
    • Blending Sounds
    • Spelling
  • STEM
    • Mathematics
    • Science and Engineering
  • Executive Functioning
    • Inhibition
    • Working Memory
    • Attention
  • Social Emotional
    • Social and Emotional Competence
    • Emotion Management
  • Academic Motor Skills
    • Academic Motor Skills

TX-KEA is . . .

  • a comprehensive school readiness screener to be given at kindergarten entry
  • developed in English and Spanish and allows adaptations for children with special needs
  • designed to inform instruction
  • a web-based reporting system to help teachers make effective use of the results
  • a combination of teacher-administered assessments, child-paced assessments, and teacher surveys/observational tools
  • compatible for data uploads to TEA’s Texas Student Data System (TSDS)
  • developed for use on several devices, including laptops and tablets
  • a time-efficient tool comprised of multiple subtests ranging from 90 seconds to six minutes
  • a system that will provide reports to parents, teachers, and school district personnel

TX-KEA is not . . .

  • an intelligence test
  • a high stakes test
  • a language proficiency test
  • an assessment to evaluate the performance of kindergarten or preK teachers
  • a system to determine certification of early childhood programs
  • a system to replace teacher progress monitoring across the school year

Visit CLI Engage to learn more about TX-KEA and request access to the assessment and reports!

All Texas public school districts and charter schools can access TX-KEA at no cost.

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