TX-KEA provides two implementation options to school districts and charter schools. The TX-KEA user guide provides information for both implementation options:
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.
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.
Contact us with questions about TX-KEA.