Alignment with Standards

When creating assessment opportunities it is important to step back and see how each topic aligns with national standards.

Kindergarten Curriculum Alignment with Standards

Sample Report Card Ideas


Take a look at the topic being studied and what is expected at the Kindergarten level.

Understand the trajectory required for the topic at hand. 

Keep in mind the following when assessing you students.

What are you looking for?  What questions should you ask?  What should you document?  How will you record/keep track of student progress?

Sample Assessment Template for Topic 1 – Counting Sequence


When creating interview style assessment task understand the trajectory and determine a sequence of questions you will ask.  What will the follow-up questions be based on the response.  What type of evidence will you collect to add to the student portfolio?  Too often in interview formats the teacher’s questions, body language or choice of work influences the student response.  Creating a list questions and standard protocol before hand allows for a more accurate picture of student understandings.

Sample Protocol for Interview Assessment Topic 1- Counting Sequence.


Digital Platforms

Students at the Kindergarten level may find it hard initially to communicate ideas in a written format.  That is why a digital platform that allows student to verbalize their thinking allows for insights to student progress.  Platforms such as Seesaw allow students to talk through a process and record their thinking.


The think!Pad provides opportunities for students to consolidate their thinking and is a beginning stage for getting their ideas on paper.  How do we organize the page?  What should we record? are questions students have to consider in addition to the actual mathematics they have learned.  One tip is to have students verbalize their thoughts to a classmate before actually recording.  The process of talking through ideas help to build the initial thought process.  

Provide opportunities to go back and revisit past think!Pad entries.  Ask students to identify entires they are most proud of, entries they would like to improve upon and share with the class.  Opportunities like these build a classroom culture that we are lifelong learners and we always have room to improve on our work.

Author, Sarah Schaefer and Kindergarten teacher, Melissa Williams discuss how the think!Pad can be integrated into the Kindergarten classroom.

How are we assessing students when it comes to word problems? Do we know how to help students who may struggle? What are the different techniques used in this video?

Listen as our young mathematician from the Developing Roots program tells a story using the before-and-after framework.