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Kindergarten Skills Benchmark Assessment for Back to School


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What is this resource?
This assessment was developed to align with reading and math foundational skills, along with Kindergarten Common Core Standards.

It was designed to give teachers and families a peek at their students’ starting point and progress throughout the school year.

This assessment should be given at the beginning of the school year as a benchmark, and then at the end of each term to monitor and show progress.

There are some skills that can be assessed as a whole group, and others that must be assessed one-on-one. It is my advice to spend a few days working through this assessment, taking it a few sections at a time. This will help prevent assessment fatigue and allow students to show their skills most accurately.

A Student Report is included to condense assessment information and provide data that can easily be distributed to parents and other teachers.

What is included?

  • 10-page assessment guide
  • 11-page skill-based assessment
  • 3-page student report
  • 14-page student materials printables

Where can I preview a sample of this resource?
Click PREVIEW to see the types of activities included in this set.

What standards are addressed?

Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

Recognize and produce rhyming words.

Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.

Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.

Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.1 (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)

Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant

Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.

Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.

Count to 100 by ones and by tens.

Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).

Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).

Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.

Who created this resource?
Abby Mullins, also known as Babbling Abby, is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher who most recently was an interventionist in a Title I school. She holds a BA in both psychology and elementary education, along with an MA in teacher leadership. She loves creating engaging experiences for students, collaborating with passionate educators, and bringing her creativity and enthusiasm to classrooms across the globe through curriculum and resource development. Abby also blogs at Babbling Abby where she shares here ideas, activities, and her love of education.

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