New Mexico - Public Education Department

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  • KOT Parent Brochure – English | PDF || Spanish | PDF
  • Kindergarten Common Core State Standards Parent's Guide – 2 page | PDF
  • Kindergarten Common Core State Standards Parent's Guide – 4 page | PDF
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  Is my child/student required to participate in the KOT?
Students, who are present for the K-3 Plus program or beginning of school year, will be participating in the KOT. Since the KOT is not a "traditional" assessment your child will not be losing classroom time by being involved in the KOT. The purpose of the KOT is to help your child's teacher determine what your child knows and can do when they enter the classroom. This information will help your child's teacher plan what they need to teach to allow your child to grow academically, physically, socially, and emotionally.
  Is the KOT developmentally appropriate?
Yes. The KOT was designed to reflect the general consensus of the construct of school readiness among early childhood researchers. This is a multifaceted construct, with a growing consensus that it spans the domains of linguistic, physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development, as well as academic abilities (including mathematical and scientific thinking, social studies, and the arts) (Snow & Van Hemel, 2008). The design of the KOT is intended to:
  • Consider the linguistic & cultural differences of all students
  • Consider the special learning needs & abilities of all students
  • Align with early learning guidelines and state standards
The KOT was developed using child outcomes from the New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines (ELGs) that are currently used in New Mexico pre-kindergarten classrooms. The content of the ELGs are already extensively covered by what kindergarten teachers are doing in their classrooms and provide a strong foundation of the whole child that will manifest itself in higher academic performance later on. More Information
  Is the KOT aligned to Common Core State Standards?
The KOT indicators within the literacy and numeracy domains are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
  How will my child benefit from participating in the KOT?
The purpose of the KOT is to help your child's teacher determine what your child knows and can do when they enter the classroom. This information will help your child's teacher plan what they need to teach to allow your child to grow academically and emotionally. The KOT directly supports children's development and academic achievement to improve educational outcomes. The KOT addresses multiple developmental domains and diverse cultural contexts. This Link
  How does the KOT work?
The KOT is an observational assessment. KOT observations will be conducted by teachers during the course of "normal" day to day instruction. Teachers will record observations or scores as they observe students. Teachers will determine which one of the performance levels best describes the behaviors observed using the descriptors to guide decision-making. The use of performance levels ensures that a student's performance is compared to a specific learning objective or performance standard and not to the performance of other students.
  When will the KOT be used?
For K-3 Plus participating sites, the KOT is administered during the K-3 Plus program by the K-3 Plus kindergarten teachers. For all other sites, the KOT is administered over the course of the first 30 instructional days of the school year, beginning with the first full day of instruction.
  Why is the state using the KOT?
The purpose of this tool is to gather information about what children know and can do at the time of kindergarten entry. The KOT will serve as a "bridge" between preschool and grade 1. Results will be used by kindergarten teachers to help determine what students know upon kindergarten entry. This information is intended to be used to inform kindergarten curriculum and instruction.
  • Student performance at each indicator;
  • Classroom performance;
  • School performance;
  • District performance; and
  • State performance.
  If my child has a special education plan, will he or she participate in the KOT?
Yes. Every child may participate in the KOT. However, if participating in any part of the KOT would be in conflict with a child's IEP they will have the option of being exempt from that portion of the observation tool.
  How long does the KOT take?
The KOT is intended to become an integrated part of curriculum and instruction. To that end the KOT does not have a required length of administration or a target amount of time to complete. Since the KOT is based on teacher observations, one perspective is that the assessment could span the entire first 30 instructional days.
  What types of reports are available about student performance on the KOT?
The KOT will provide reports that show:
  • Student performance at each indicator;
  • Student performance within a domain;
  • Classroom performance;
  • School performance;
  • District performance; and
  • State performance.
  Will my family receive a report about my child's results?
The Family-Teacher Report will be made available to each student's teacher, which can then be shared and discussed with parents.
 
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