Last Updated: 9/4/2018 5:21 PM

Ohio's Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

The KRA is intended to be administered to kindergarten students starting the first day of school or the first day that schools and districts take attendance for students who are enrolled in kindergarten with the administration ending on November 1. Continuing for the 2018-2019 school year, public districts have the option to begin the administration of KRA selected response and performance task items up to two weeks prior to the first day of kindergarten. The administration window closes on Nov. 1. 


Assessment Reductions

In his January 2015 report on state tests, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross pledged to make changes to the new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment to reduce disruption to classroom instruction. Upon feedback and recommendations from Ohio teachers, the department is reducing the number of items on the assessment by 21 percent. The revision ensures that the results are reliable and helpful in guiding instruction.

The revision reduces:

• The overall number of items from 63 to 50;
• The number of items in which the teacher observes student activities from 29 to 21;
• Items that require a direct response from students from 34 to 29; and
• The number of items that require a teacher to administer one-on-one with a student from 20 to 10.

The revision also saves time by increasing from 12 to 17 the number of items that students can complete through technology, which transfers the scores directly into the data system.

To view the entire update, click HERE.


Kindergarten Readiness Assessment: American Sign Language and Alternative Text/Braille Teacher Administration Manuals

The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness is pleased to announce the availability of two new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment teacher administration manuals; one for teachers administering the direct assessment items in American Sign Language and one for teachers administering the assessment to students with visual impairments using alternative text. These manuals can be downloaded on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment website at

In addition, the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Tactile Graphics and Braille Item Supports may be ordered by submitting an electronic help desk ticket at Please make sure to specify the quantity needed (no more than one per teacher) and mailing address.

As a reminder, the Tactile Graphics and Braille Item Supports is a secure document and should be kept under lock and key in the classroom during the administration window and shall be stored according to district policy for future administrations.  

Ohio’s New Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, a new kindergarten readiness assessment will replace the KRA-L. The new assessment includes ways for teachers to measure a child’s school readiness. Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards (birth to kindergarten entry) are the basis for the new assessment.  It has six components: social skills (including social and emotional development, and approaches toward learning), mathematics, science, social studies, language and literacy, and physical well-being and motor development.