Is Your School Division Part of the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP)?

May 23, 2017

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The VKRP, based at The University of Virginia expands the assessment of children entering kindergarten beyond literacy (PALS), to include school readiness domains of math, social skills and self-regulation. This data provides school divisions with a more comprehensive understanding of how kindergarten students are entering elementary schools (at the fourth to sixth week of school) in terms of key readiness skills.

What are the Results?

In 2016, 40% of students in participating divisions entered kindergarten unprepared in at least one of the critical domains: literacy, math, self-regulation and social skills. One-third of all Virginia school divisions participated in 2016.

How Can Teachers, Division Leaders, Policy Makers and Stakeholders Use the Data?

Teachers- will have a comprehensive understanding of students’ skills upon kindergarten entry. This data can help differentiate and individualize instruction.  There are online instructional strategies to support students’ learning across all domains.

Parents- will have information about how children are doing in literacy, math, self-regulation and social skills. This will provide easy to read information and tips on how to strengthen these skills at home.

Division Leaders- will have benchmark data to target interventions and improve student outcomes.

Policy Makers– will have data to make strategic investments, align funding and interventions to improve student outcomes.

What’s New for 2017?

UVA CASTL heard you! Division leaders and teachers provided constructive feedback on ways to make VKRP an even more useful tool at the classroom, district and state level.  Find out more by visiting

Do You Want to Learn More?  

  •  Call UVA CASTL @ 866-301-8278, extension 1
  • Email
  • Visit

There are only a few slots left until UVA CASTL reaches the goal of 50% of all school divisions in Virginia participating.

Won’t you join this innovative group of school divisions leading the way with VKRP today?

President & CEO

Lisa Howard, President & CEO