In May 2013, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) published a notice inviting applications under the Enhanced Assessment Grants Program (EAG) to support the development or enhancement of a kindergarten entry assessment (KEA) that is aligned with state early learning and development standards and that covers all essential domains of school readiness.
North Carolina, serving as lead state and fiscal agent, invited North Dakota and other interested states to jointly apply for funding under this competition. North Carolina was funded at $6.1 million. This consortium will agree to engage in work to collaborate on the development of a KEA within a larger K-3 formative assessment. The primary purpose of the assessment will be to guide instruction and give teachers and students a meaningful tool to adjust teaching and learning to meet or exceed standards across multiple domains of development.