TX-KEA now offers a progress monitoring tool!
TX-KEA provides two implementation options to school districts and charter schools. The TX-KEA user guide provides information for both implementation options:
- One-time kindergarten entry screener
- Three-wave kindergarten progress monitoring tool
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 (CLI) 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. Learn more about the research project to develop TX-KEA on CLI’s website. TX-KEA launched on CLI Engage in August 2017.
In Fall 2017, CLI received a grant from a private foundation to expand TX-KEA into a kindergarten progress monitoring tool. The kindergarten entry assessment serves as the BOY assessment for this new progress monitoring tool; the MOY (middle-of-year) and EOY (end-of-year) assessments and reports were developed and validated during the 2017-18 school year in Texas classrooms. A checklist to support teachers with determining students who may need additional testing for dyslexia will be available for the EOY window in Spring 2020.
For the 2020-2021 school year, TX-KEA will include state-mandated kindergarten screeners for literacy and dyslexia, as required in HB3 (visit our HB3 webpage for additional information).
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 Progress Monitoring Domains and Subtests
The following table shows the subtests available at each wave (BOY, MOY, and EOY) in English and Spanish. Refer to the TX-KEA User Guide for additional information about the subtests.
TX-KEA Frequently Asked Questions
- When will TX-KEA's progress monitoring tool be available on CLI Engage?
- Does TX-KEA include links to activities to support children who need additional support?
- Where can I find training on TX-KEA?
- When will validated benchmarks be available for the kindergarten progress monitoring tool?
- Is TX-KEA available in Spanish?
- We already do too much testing in kindergarten classrooms. Why should we add TX-KEA?
- Is TX-KEA listed on the Commissioner’s List?
- Can TX-KEA be used as a dyslexia screener?
Yes, TX-KEA reporting includes access to the CLI Engage small grouping tool, which automatically groups children who score below established benchmarks at each wave, as well opportunities for teachers to create their own small groups (learn more about the small grouping tool
). TX-KEA includes links to activities in the CIRCLE Activity Collection
for all subtests in both English and Spanish. Teachers can review and select activities to complete during small group lessons in-class, as well as share activities with parents to support skill development at home through the CIRCLE Activity Collection for Families
Currently, training courses
are available for TX-KEA on CLI Engage. During Summer 2018, the current TX-KEA online training courses were updated to include progress monitoring information.
TX-KEA’s kindergarten progress monitoring tool become available on CLI Engage in August 2018 with preliminary benchmarks. As additional data is collected in kindergarten classrooms, the Children’s Learning Institute will continue to refine the benchmarks.
Yes, Spanish measures are available at all three waves of progress monitoring. Refer to the table above and the TX-KEA User Guide
for additional information on the measures available at each wave.
Assessments should produce data that is useful and needful. TX-KEA directly informs instruction as it connects to immediate results and intervention activities for at risk students. The grouping tool report creates small groups of students that have not reached proficiency in assessed domains. This efficient feedback assists teachers in the analysis and planning phases of intentional teaching and selecting targeted intervention activities from recommended lessons.
TX-KEA, which serves as CIRCLE KPM’s BOY measures, is listed on the Commissioner’s List of Approved Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Assessment Instruments (2017-2021). Per guidance from TEA, “school districts and charter schools are required to administer a Kindergarten assessment instrument for all students enrolled in Kindergarten. A district may meet this requirement with use of a reading or multidimensional assessment included on the 2017-2021 Commissioner’s Approved List of Kindergarten Assessment Instruments. (§28.006 (c)).” Visit TEA’s website for more information
TX-KEA can be used as a potential screening assessment at EOY in accordance with HB 1886 to identify students who are “at risk” for potential reading problems. The Reading and Writing subtests of TX-KEA provide brief assessments for identification of students who may be at risk for reading difficulties. Preventive intervention should begin immediately for students who score below benchmarks. It is important to recognize that a screening is not a diagnostic instrument; a full evaluation is required to determine if a student has reading problems such as dyslexia.
Contact us with questions about TX-KEA.