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Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA)

TX-KEA provides teachers with a comprehensive understanding of students’ learning, enabling them to design differentiated instruction to better meet students’ unique needs and share information with families. 

TX-KEA provides multiple implementation options to school districts and charter schools in English and Spanish. The TX-KEA user guide provides information for these implementation options: 

  • Three-wave progress monitoring tool (BOY, MOY, EOY) 
  • One-time kindergarten entry assessment (BOY) 
  • One-time literacy screener (BOY) 
  • Dyslexia Screener (EOY) 

More information can be found on the TX-KEA page on CLI Engage.

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mCLASS Texas Training Guide

TX-KEA Professional Development Sessions

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Using TX-KEA Data to Guide Classroom Instruction by CLI (MOY)

This session provides kindergarten teachers with an understanding of the features of effective instruction and how learn the various TX-KEA reports for understanding the needs of students and how to interpret beginning-of-year literacy screening scores. This interactive session will help teachers understand how to evaluate and plan whole and small group instruction using their Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) data. Teachers will also be shown how to use the CIRCLE Activity collection as a planning tool. Teachers will have several opportunities to work with and learn from each other as they practice techniques presented during the training.

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Differentiation and Scaffolding Using the Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) by CLI

This session addresses the importance of differentiated instruction to ensure learning is easily accessed by all children in the classroom, as well as providing scaffolding to progressively move children toward stronger understanding and, ultimately, greater independence in the learning process. Teachers will learn about the differences between differentiation and scaffolding and practice a variety of scaffolding techniques. As they consider what scaffolding techniques may be needed based on their TX-KEA data, teachers will practice adjusting scaffolds when planning.

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Connecting TX-KEA & Phonics: A Spelling Routine with CLI

Participants will learn how the spelling routine supports reading and which TX-KEA measures benefit from the targeted instruction. This training focuses on a 4-step routine for providing explicit and systematic phonics instruction regardless of the phonics program implemented in the kindergarten classroom. Clear and consistent language is used for all parts of the routine and teachers are supported with a user-friendly lesson planning template, a spelling resource book for teachers (English only), and wall cards (English or Spanish). This foundational literacy component requires approximately 15 minutes of instruction per day.

Please note: This session will be facilitated in English with a focus on English phonics instruction. However, the routine applies to both English and Spanish instruction. Adjustments for language-specific reading pedagogy and considerations for cross-linguistic transfer in emergent bilinguals will be included as time permits.

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These session titles were previously offered by the ECAS grant. No session dates are currently available for these topics at this time.

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Using TX-KEA Data for School and District Leaders

This session provides school- and district-level leadership with a brief overview of the Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) and the skills assessed with TX-KEA. Participants will experience a process for using classroom-level reports to analyze data for making instructional decisions.

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Connecting TX-KEA & Phonological Awareness: Instructional Activities for Use Throughout the Day! with CLI

This session provides participants with a user-friendly guide (available in English and Spanish), which was created to support phonological awareness (PA) skill development. Participants will learn how PA skills support reading and which TX-KEA measures benefit from targeted PA instruction. The practical activities target skills across the phonological awareness continuum in as little as 10 minutes per day.