The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently released the first-ever statewide snapshot of kindergarten readiness in Illinois. The data cap off the first year of the state’s bold effort to collect readiness data for all kindergartners in the state. The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) puts critical information about children’s early development into the hands of policymakers, schools, and communities. The data reinforce the importance of high-quality early learning experiences for all children to get a strong start.

In response to community’s engagement with the release of this data, Illinois Action for Children, the Illinois Birth-to-Third Grade (B-3) Continuity Project and the ISBE KIDS team have partnered to provide a webinar series on understanding and using the released KIDS data. The series will provide targeted information to both early childhood collaborations and early childhood administrators about what KIDS is, how it was implemented, and how the data can be used in a variety of systems. Those using the data within their own programs/organization and with community partners will gain tools for improving early childhood learning systems. Participants will hear from KIDS experts, community collaborators and connect with others exploring ways to better use KIDS data.

Please note that topics for each of the days is different and registration is required for both events.

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Data; A guide for early childhood collaborations

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Audience:  Early Childhood Collaborations

The initial aggregated results released by ISBE showed that of the students rated on the 14 measures, only 24 percent were ready in all three developmental areas. Join us for the webinar to discuss what the results mean for your community. How can your collaboration access and analyze the data? How can your collaboration and community use the data to better support young children and their families?

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the KIDS tool (what it is, when it’s used, who uses it, why it’s being used, how it’s administered)
  • How to examine the KIDS data
  • Learn ways for your collaboration to use the KIDS data

Understanding and Using KIDS Data to Improve Collaboration and Student Outcomes

Tuesday, November 13
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Audience:  Early Childhood Administrators

Do you understand how your district’s KIDS data was collected and how it might be helpful for improving student outcomes? Come learn what the KIDS data is and what it shows about your community. Understand how the data may be used in comparison with other assessments from pre-kindergarten (release of crosswalks) and beyond kindergarten. Also learn how the data may be used outside of school districts, within communities to support early learning and improve student outcomes.

  Learning Objectives:

  • Build an understanding of KIDS data
  • Unpacking the data at a local level
  • Using the data to improve your community’s early learning system
  • Hear from a community taking action


Check out the B-3 Continuity Project’s website for other training events and materials. Questions can be directed to Ashley Long at

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