ISTAR-KR is the Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting of Kindergarten Readiness. This tool is used to measure skills in children from infancy to kindergarten. ISTAR-KR is aligned to the Indiana Early Leaning Foundations. It also includes assessments in three functional areas: physical, personal care, and social-emotional skills.
ISTAR-KR is a web-based tool that is filled out by teachers based on ongoing observations of children engaged in typical daily routines and activities. No special training is needed to fill out the ISTAR-KR assessment, but there are many resources available if you need assistance. Assessment results from ISTAR-KR can be used to determine which skills a child has mastered and identify the skills a student needs to learn next.
Timeframe for Completing ISTAR-KR
On My Way Pre-K providers must administer the ISTAR-KR assessment for each child in the On My Way Pre-K pilot at least twice each year, based on the following schedule:
- The first ISTAR-KR assessment must be completed within 6 weeks of the first day of the program.
- The second ISTAR-KR assessment must be completed within 6 weeks of the last day of the program.
On My Way Pre-K providers must enter their ISTAR-KR assessments by June 30th each year so the results are available for the child’s kindergarten teacher to review.
Registration and Access to ISTAR-KR
ISTAR-KR is provided at no cost by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). On My Way Pre-K providers must register with the IDOE to administer the ISTAR-KR assessment prior to the program start date. Please start this process as soon as possible, as it may take time for the IDOE to assign your school a number and get you set up in the system.
Once you are registered to administer the ISTAR-KR assessment, you can use it for any children that are enrolled in your programs. It is not limited to On My Way Pre-K children.
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