New! Your input has informed next steps regarding required constructs. See image below for updated information and click here for update letter from Executive Director, John Pruette, describing the update. Click here for the *Construct Progressions Comparison document for Object Counting, Book Orientation, and Print Awareness.

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NEW March 2017-18 KEA Only Construct Progressions and Situations Book




Digging Deeper Into the Construct Progressions

Quick Guides

Use this agenda (sample template) to support your discussions during PLC meetings. It provides step by step guidance for planning and unpacking of the construct progressions as a team. Then, unpack the construct progressions one at a time using these Quick Guides:

Observing in Centers and Daily Routines

KEA Construct Observation Guides: These spreadsheets provide examples of how to observe for all of the constructs within regular daily centers and routines.

KEA Posters and Planning Guides

Kindergarten Center Posters and accompanying Planning Guides are designed to support efforts in setting up various learning centers in a kindergarten classroom and to think intentionally about, plan for and facilitate important learning to occur in these areas. Resources address the following Learning Centers:
The Kindergarten Center Posters and Planning Guides can also be purchased through NCDPI Publications (cost is $12, order #KG122). Click here for more information.

Integrated Lessons

These planning documents walk teachers through the Five Critical Components of the Formative Assessment Process within integrated lessons. The lessons illustrate how teachers can observe for several different constructs within the context of one lesson.

Formative Assessment Process Learning

  • Jigsaw Activity


    NC 5 Critical Component Jigsaw Activity - this activity involves using the NC 5 Critical Components handout and this JIGSAW handout and inviting participants to following the directions on the handout to get to know NC 5 Critical Components.
  • Self-Reflection Tool


    This tool is important for educators as they begin implementation of the formative assessment process. It helps them to know the expected implementation of the Five Critical Components and uses I can statements to support reflection and professional goal-setting.
  • Formative Assessment Process Online Modules


    These online modules provide classroom examples and step by step instructions for using the online platform.
  • NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process Activity


    Here is a hands-on activity (pictured below) designed for participants to review the five Critical Components of the NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process. Participants will sequence the Critical Components in the correct order and then match each component to its definition. Note: There is not a first step, second step sequence that results in finishing the process with a final step, but rather an ongoing process represented by the circular graphic.

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Glows/Grows Feedback From Teachers

  • Building Team Meeting Summary Form - Maintaining the feedback loop between Building Implementation Teams and District Implementation Teams is key to a successful communication protocol. Several districts are using the Building Team Meeting Summary Form (or Glows/Grows). Its format, highlighting "Glows," or successes, and "Grows," or areas for improvement, was co-created by the Chatham County District Implementation Team.



Partnering with Families

NEW Resource!

This video provides a parent's perspective on the importance of the work Kindergarten teachers are doing in the formative assessment process. Chris O'Brien, a member of your RIT, focuses on his daughter's experience with the KEA and talks personally about why it matters. use this video during open houses, kindergarten orientation, and even post it on your district website's Parent page! To download Spanish translation, click here.






Getting to Know the Progressions for KEA

Construct Progressions Sorting Activity:

In this activity, (pictured below) "players" are given a set of steps for a given construct, out of order. The object is to correctly order the steps within each construct. Players can check their thinking using the answer key provided for each construct. This can be completed with small groups with a variety of the constructs to build understanding. Construct cards and answer keys are provided below.

Notes for facilitation: Notes for the Facilitator


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Construct Cards and Answer Keys:

Book Orientation and Print Awareness and Book Orientation and Print Awareness Answer Key
Crossing Midline and Crossing Midline Answer Key
Fine Motor (Grip & Manipulation and Hand Dominance) and Fine Motor Answer Key (Grip & Manipulation and Hand Dominance)
Engagement in Self-Selected Activities and Engagement in Self-Selected Activities Answer Key
Emotional Literacy and Emotional Literacy Answer Key
Object Counting and Object Counting Answer Key
Letter Naming and Letter Naming Answer Key
Following Directions and Following Directions Answer Key









  • Domains of Learning and Development LiveBinder


    This LiveBinder can be used as a self-study or with your PLC. It provides information about the Five Domains of Learning and Development that serve as the framework for the K-3 Formative Assessment process.

Teachers Sharing Ideas!

Check out the KEA Gallery to see lessons learned during the KEA Pilot.

Technology Support

What do I do when I have technology issues? Where do I go for support? How do I get access to the system?
See our Technology Support page for more information and technology support.