Thank you for participating in the pilot of the TX-KEA literacy screener. We appreciate your participation as we complete the important steps of piloting the literacy screener developed by the research team at the Children’s Learning Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Your participation in this pilot is helping create a new literacy screener that can be used by all Texas public and charter school kindergarten teachers across the state of Texas at the beginning of each school year.
Please contact us if you have any questions or issues with any part of the process or the assessment.
Welcome to the TX-KEA Literacy Screener Pilot! Review the information below to support your participation.
As you administer the literacy screener measures with your students, please adhere to the following pilot participation guidelines:
Your first step is to register your account on CLI Engage:
Your class roster should already be available on CLI Engage. Remember that you are only requested to assess 5 kindergarten students in your class as part of the pilot. Among these 5, you should include students in a range from low literacy skill levels to high literacy skill levels.
Review the training information for pilot participants:
As part of your training, use the assessment practice area to familiarize yourself with the screener and practice administering the assessment.
Click on the assessment practice area button and then locate the Pilot TX KEA Literacy Screener:
The practice area offers 5 demo students to practice administering the subtests and familiarize yourself with the instructions and delivery of the assessment. Review our how-to guide for additional information.
To access the TX-KEA Pilot Literacy Screener, click on the “TX KEA Pilot Literacy Screener” button in the red Screening, Progress Monitoring, and Observation section of the CLI Engage dashboard (the first page you see after logging in.)
Next, you should see a class with your name assigned, and your roster of students.
Use the “Click to Assess in Spanish” button to switch from the English screener to the Spanish screener.
When you are ready to administer a measure with a student, scroll to that student’s name on your roster and click the black “Launch” button under the specific measure name.
Once you have started a measure, you must complete it or click the button to “Quit and Discard or Quit and Save” to begin again. To prevent the practice effect, you should avoid administering the assessment multiple times through restarting. Clicking on the crossed arrows opens the view to full screen. Use the escape key to return to normal view.
Instructions for the administration of the individual measures will appear after you launch the measure, and this pilot webpage (below). Follow the scoring instructions to indicate students’ correct and incorrect responses to the items.
After completing a measure, you will see a summary of the responses. You can add a comment that will be seen at the bottom of the page below the student responses. In this view, you have an option to “invalidate this assessment” if necessary.
Click “Done” to return to your class roster and assess another measure. Once you click done you can no longer invalidate the assessment.
You can also choose to administer the vocabulary and letter knowledge screeners for English administration back-to-back for the same student by launching multiple measures. First, click on the measure you want to administer consecutively until highlighted blue. Then, select the multi launch button with the right facing arrow and + as shown below.
The pilot will be open from Monday, February 10 through Friday, February 22. Please try and complete the assessments with your 5 selected students within this pilot window of two weeks.
Information provided by pilot participants will help us make updates and adjustments for the final screener launch in Fall 2020. Thank you for your participation!
We will email a link to the feedback survey after you complete your administration.
Download materials and review the scoring guidelines of acceptable responses for the screener measures.
Teacher Administration (English):
Teacher Administration (Spanish):
Teacher Administration (English, small group):
Teacher Administration (Spanish, small group):
To supplement your training, view the following videos to learn about the item types included in TX-KEA, as well as example administration of each of the subtests included in the literacy screener you are helping us pilot.
Example administration of TX-KEA item types:
Example administration of the subtests included in the TX-KEA Literacy Screener:
Thank you again for your participation in the Pilot TX KEA Literacy Screener. We appreciate your time and commitment in assisting with the review of this new literacy screener for Texas kindergarten classrooms.