Kindergarten report card free printable download file. These assessments and this report card is aligned with the common core state standards. See how I work assessment into my day without stopping instruction.
Assessment! Report cards! SIGH! Do you feel overwhelmed with them?
NOTE: I have updated this very old post to provide my latest thoughts!
Kindergarten report card: Overwhelmed?
Is this a window into your life:
- Do you feel like you JUST finish assessing and then it is time to start all over again?
- Do you feel like you can’t offer instruction because you are assessing?
- By the end of September, you have killed more trees than you care to admit and you can’t find your desk because assessments are piled high?
- You have so MUCH data, but you can’t seem to turn data into a teaching plan.
- You pass these mountains of assessments off to your admin and never look back?
- When someone says you need to “Progress Monitor” a student, do you want to go screaming from the building?
If that is you above, I don’t blame you. I would not like assessments either.
So why do we assess students
If the answer is because I have to, then we need to have a chat:
- What are you assessing?
- What do you do with the data?
When we make instructional decisions in our classroom, they should be centered around the evidence we collect. In a nutshell, what do the students know and what do they still need to learn… right?
So what are the steps?
- First, we collect data.
- Then, we analyze data.
- Next, we interpret data and establish a goal.
- Finally, we create and enact an action plan.
(The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook Grades K-2 by Jennifer Serravallo is a fantastic READ on data-driven instruction)
So how do we do this without stopping instruction?
Running records are a perfect opportunity to gather data about students’ reading and fluency. Listen to the students read and gather data that, in turn, are reported on their kindergarten report card!
99% of the time, I collect running records during my small group instruction time. As this is part of my instruction, I do not need to set aside additional time or take away from other instructional time to do it! Naturally, you can also do a running record at anytime.
This informs me of what the student is doing as a reader and well as some of his instructional needs.
You can find these leveled texts and running records HERE.
Would you like to read more about running records and why they are important?
Would you like to know more about guided reading with specific steps to take during the lesson? You can read more by clicking:
Rubrics for Responding to Literature
Rubrics should inform me and they inform the student too! This can be powerful! Although we don’t use these rubrics as part of their kindergarten report card, they are important in building reading comprehension which IS on their kindergarten report card.
You can find this reading unit with rubrics:
- Kindergarten and First Grade Reading Comprehension | Engaging Readers with Rubrics
- Second Grade Reading Comprehension | Engaging Readers with Rubrics
- Rubrics and Anchor Charts Only
Writing rubrics work the same way! We start each unit with a rubric! This pre-assessment helps me make instructional decisions for the individual student and the class.
You can find these rubrics within our writing units:
- Kindergarten and First Grade Writers Workshop and Writing Rubrics
- Second Grade Writers Workshop and Writing Rubrics
One on One Assessment
“Yes, but Deedee,” you say. “Assessments in kindergarten have to be done one-on-one!” They CAN take a lot of time… but it does not have to. I started using ESGI a few years ago and it was a game changer! I can not say enough about this powerful assessment tool.
It is still a one-on-one assessment, but it is FAST! You can use a tablet or your computer to assess your kindergartners.
At a glance, you know how your crew is doing. Print flashcards to send home with students for practice.
The parent letter is fantastic! With a few clicks, you can update parents on their child’s progress. So instead of spending hours with kindergarten report card comments, I also save time by just attaching these reports to the report card.
Kindergarten report card time is a dream because you can simply log into your ESGI account and see the data. No more hauling binders home! Oh YEAH!
Here are a few videos on how EASY this program is to set up. You can get your 60 DAY FREE trial by clicking HERE.
This video shows you how to load the pre-written assessments and tests. You can select a pre-written one or write your own. I have made a ton and you can load those if you want.
This video will show you how to add students and navigate some of the report features.
I sincerely LOVE kindergarten assessments and if you try ESGI, I bet you will too! Here is my suggestion… start the 60-day trial. THEN show your administration how powerful this tool is. I can’t tell you how many principals I have spoken to who said it was their TEACHERS who wanted this assessment so they purchased it for them. You can snag your 60-day FREE trial below with a BIG discount if you do decide to sign up.
To get your free kindergarten report card, simply add your email to the box below. The file will be sent to your email inbox! Simple and easy!
NOTE: On this kindergarten report card, you will be able to edit the name of your school!