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What is KDI?

KDI is an assessment tool utilized in


the spring to assess the incoming Kindergarten class.
Why is it important? The KDI assessment tool is
invaluable. It is a summative evaluation of each child.
This helps establish readiness of the learner.
When is it done? The assessment is administered in
the spring of the year.
Where is it done? It is done in the Family Life Activity
Center.
What day is the assessment performed? Please
peruse the school calendar to determine this years
date.
Who decides if the child is ready for Kindergarten?
This decision is based upon the assessment as well
as input from parents and former teachers. The
decision is made as a team according to what is best
for the child. The decision should not be taken lightly.
School is a lifelong endeavor.
Is the assessment shared with anyone? The
assessment results are shared with the parents only.
It will not remain in the childs permanent file.
What will be assessed? Your child will be tested on
thirteen different subtests. Please see the list below.
Questions? Please contact Mrs. Thoma via email
with any questions or concerns,
rthoma@stpeterssb.net.
The thirteen subtests include the following:

Body Awareness Drawing a picture of a person with body parts.

Concept Mastery Displaying knowledge of basic concepts such as


Left/Right

Form/Letter Identification Identifying shapes (i.e. circle) and fifteen uppercase


and lowercase letters

General Information Answering questions about facts preschoolers are


typically exposed to such as What is ice when it
melts?

Gross Motor Skills Performing skills related to physical coordination


such as jumping, skipping, hopping, catching, etc.

Memory for Sentences Recalling words/sentences of increasing length in


order

Number Skills Displaying basic mathematics concepts such as


counting to ten

Phonemic Awareness Answering cues with a logical completing rhyme


such as The light is very___.

Verbal Associations Relating to verbal reasoning skills such as Coffee


is hot, ice cream is___.

Verbal Discrimination Perceiving similarities and differences in various


shapes

Visual Memory Recalling previously observed shapes, letters, or


words

Visual-Motor Integration Demonstrating fine motor skills by drawing


increasingly complex shapes

Vocabulary Knowing specific words such as What is a pencil?