Find all the resources to support your kindergarten program in one spot! Explore our screening and progress monitoring tools, professional development resources, instructional plans with targeted interventions, family engagement resources and more!
You’ll find all the information needed to get started with the tools and resources on CLI Engage by accessing this simple 2-page, printable document.
A comprehensive guide that includes information about the administration of TX-KEA in kindergarten classrooms.
TX-KEA Domains and Subtests
The following table shows the measures/subtests available at each wave (BOY, MOY, and EOY) in English and Spanish. TX-KEA contains a BOY Literacy Screener and EOY Dyslexia Screener (highlighted in gray below).
Review these scoring guidelines to better understand the guidelines for the Vocabulary, Letter Sounds, Academic Motor, Social and Emotional and Spelling subtests. Documents are available for all three waves (BOY, MOY, and EOY), if applicable.
See how each TX-KEA subtest is directly aligned to the Kindergarten TEKS.
Benchmarks are the minimum performance levels students are expected to reach by certain points of the year to indicate skill understanding. The TX-KEA Benchmark table displays the cut scores for benchmarks and is helpful in analyzing data.
Texas state law (TEC §38.003) requires that public school students be screened and tested as appropriate for dyslexia and related disorders at appropriate times in accordance with a program approved by the State Board of Education. Kindergarten screening must be completed by end of the year. More information can be found on our Dyslexia Screener webpage.
Dyslexia Referral Checklists
The Dyslexia Referral Checklist (DRC) is a questionnaire that builds a link between direct assessment of early reading skills and classroom observations.
The TX-KEA dyslexia benchmarks and indicators table displays the scores that determine who may be at risk based on their Dyslexia Screener and Dyslexia Referral Checklist results.
TX-KEA reports include completion reports, growth reports, parent reports, class- level reports, individual student reports that include student percentile rankings, and a small grouping tool that provides links to the CIRCLE Activity Collection. TX-KEA reports can be accessed at the following levels:
See how to access all TX-KEA reports here: Accessing Reports
Family-Friendly Descriptions of TX-KEA Measures
These dual-language resources help teachers describe assessment measures and why they are important for later school success in family-friendly ways. These resources are designed to be shared with families to help them understand their child’s assessment results.
Refer to Understanding Your Child’s Assessment Results to assist families in becoming more knowledgeable about progress monitoring and supporting learning at home.
Parent Feedback Forms
Teachers can collect valuable information on their student’s development by sharing these forms with parents and asking them to give feedback about their child. These forms are aligned to the TX-KEA assessment domains.
Implementation Guide: Student Report for Parents
This guide was developed for teachers who are sharing the Student Report for Parents with families. It includes the following topics:
Early Childhood Data System (ECDS) for Kindergarten Data
ECDS is part of the Texas Student Data System (TSDS). Click on the link below for more information about kindergarten ECDS requirement uploads:
The offline assessment feature can be used to assess students when an internet connection is not available at the time of administration. The offline assessment can also be used in the CLI Engage assessment practice area.
CLI developed test alternative administration functionality and protocols.
If logged in, access the courses directly here: TX-KEA Self-Instructional Courses
The TX-KEA Training Facilitation Guides have specific training facilitation information for district/charter school staff who will be facilitating training on TX-KEA with their teachers:
Apply to be a TX-KEA facilitator here! Receive access to facilitate online courses and award certificates directly on CLI Engage: Facilitator Application Form
The eCIRCLE Professional Development Program includes 16 courses (73.5 hours) for teachers and administrators. These courses include extensive video-based demonstrations of effective instructional practices, as well as application-based assignments and activities.
The CIRCLE Activity Collection: Pre-K through Grade 2 includes a variety of hands-on learning activities in English and Spanish that teachers can implement in their classrooms during whole group, small group, stations, and one-on-one instruction. Free of charge to all educators.
CIRCLE Activity Collection: Kindergarten Activities
Teachers can access many activities just for kindergarten by utilizing these search options:
The CIRCLE Activity Collection: Family provides a variety of hands-on activities that families can do at home. This collection is organized around seven learning domains: Language & Communication, Reading & Writing, Math, Science, Social & Emotional, Physical Development, and Art & Sensory.
Parent Introduction letter to the CIRCLE Activity Collection: Family
This sample letter invites parents to partner with their child’s teacher by engaging in activities from the collection that support child development through play.
Family Lesson Form
Share individualized activities with families to practice each week. The form is fillable and dual-language (English/Spanish).
CIRCLE STEM Lab is a virtual laboratory that hosts video segments from PBS Learning Media and hands-on STEM activities to be completed independently by children 3-6 years of age. The extensive STEM LAB collection integrates video segments with hands-on activities.
CLI’s family engagement resources make the most of procedures you likely already have in place, such as progress monitoring, homework, parent-teacher conferences, and open houses.
Family Engagement Teacher Strategy Checklist Pre-K/K Version
The checklist can be used to self-assess where you are in your family engagement efforts and to set goals for practicing new strategies.
Pre-K/Kindergarten Family Engagement Bag
CLI created these Pre-K/K family engagement bag which can be folded into district-level family engagement plans.
Families will need just a few materials to complete the activities in the family engagement bag booklet.
Let parents know you’d like to partner with them to support their child’s learning at home by sending this message with their Family Engagement Bag.
The Kindergarten Classroom Environment Checklist (KCEC) is a tool that evaluates the presence and quality level of important areas, materials, and concepts in a Kindergarten classroom. The KCEC enables teachers to set the stage for successful learning as students engage in the classroom experience.