Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills
The Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) is a performancebased
assessment. The goal of the assessment program is to provide teachers with
information about the level of instructional support needed by individual students
entering kindergarten and first grade. GKIDS allows teachers to assess student
performance during instruction, record student performance in an on-line database, and
generate customized reports for instructional planning, report cards, and/or parents.
Throughout the year, teachers may assess students and record GKIDS data based on their
system’s curriculum map or report card schedule. At the end of the year, the GKIDS data
collection system automatically generates summary reports and individual student reports
based on the data the teacher has entered throughout the year.
The primary purpose of GKIDS is to provide ongoing diagnostic information about
kindergarten students’ developing skills in language arts, math, science, social studies,
social/emotional development, approaches to learning, and motor skills. GKIDS also
provides a summary of student performance at the end of the kindergarten school year.
GKIDS serves both a formative and summative role in assessing kindergarten students.
Formative Assessment throughout the Kindergarten Year
GKIDS is an evaluation tool to help kindergarten teachers assess student learning and
plan instruction throughout the year. GKIDS provides teachers with a way to collect data
on the CCGPS/GPS standards and skills/elements and generate reports to assist with
instructional planning, parent conferencing, and report cards.
At the end of the kindergarten year, the state summary report includes ELA and Math
standards that the Core Development team identified as indicators of first grade
readiness. The individual student report includes ELA, Math, Social/Emotional
Development, and Approaches to Learning. Students do not receive an overall scale score
or an overall performance level. Instead, diagnostic information is reported for ELA,
Mathematics, Social/Emotional Development, and Approaches to Learning.
Domains of Learning
The end-of-the-year summary report includes the domains of ELA, Math, Approaches to
Learning, and Social/Emotional Development. Throughout the school year, teachers may
use GKIDS to observe and record student performance in each content area specified in
the CCGPS (ELA and Mathematics) and GPS (Science and Social Studies), Approaches
to Learning, Social/Emotional Development, and Physical/Motor Development.
Domains Included on the End-of-the-Year Summary Report
Approaches to Learning
Social and Emotional Development
This information is retrieved from GA Dept. of Education: