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The Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) and NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

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Contacts for KEA Questions:

WS/FCS contact: Eva Phillips
NCDPI contact: Cindy Dewey


What is the KEA?

The KEA is a part of the NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process. An overview of the frequently asked questions can be found here.
View this video for an overview and answers to frequently asked questions.



Learn about the Formative Assessment Process through online modules!

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There are Five Critical Components of the KEA/NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process. Click on the links below to learn more about each of the Five Critical Components.

HOW do teachers do it?

See ideas that teachers across the Piedmont-Triad and Northwest Regions are sharing in the KEA Gallery.


WHY the KEA? Learn aboutthe impact of the KEA from WS/FCS Educators

Watch these three short videos featuring WSFCS staff to discover why the KEA matters for students, teachers, and administrators.









WS/FCS KEA 2017-18

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2017-18 Status Summary Due Dates

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New March 2017: Constructs and Situations Book (This book contains KEA constructs for 2017-18).

New March 2017: KEA At-A-Glance for 2017-18

New June 2017: KEA Standards Alignment Document

This document was created by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Professional Learning Team Coaches, 2017. Information condensed from the NC Construct Progressions and Situations book, Office of Early Learning, Public Schools of North Carolina State Board of Education, Department of Public Instruction.


PTL Support

Use this agenda (sample template) or new PLC Protocol to support discussions during PLC meetings. Each provides step by step guidance for planning and unpacking of the construct progressions and KEA data as a team.

Quick Guides

Unpack the construct progressions one at a time using these Quick Guide documents:



Kindergarten Center 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.

Support for Observing during Daily Routines and Centers

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

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 read aloud lesson.

NEW Parent Resources!

Updated March 2017: KEA Family Flyer in English and Spanish



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.

Technology Support

Go to the technology support page here.

IMPORTANT! Please contact Teaching Strategies if you are in need of technical support:

If you have contacted Teaching Strategies and filed a help ticket, and the issue is still unresolved, contact your regional consultant for next steps with assistance: Nicki Galloway at nicole.galloway@dpi.nc.gov or Cindy Dewey at cynthia.dewey@dpi.nc.gov


NEW! Updated Step-by-Step Login Directions for the online platform

This document provides updated, easy-to-use login directions, highlighting a few ways you can login to the online platform.




The Usability Study in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is a partner district with the Office of Early Learning. During the 2015-16 school year the following schools engaged in a Usability Study to test additional constructs for the K-3 Formative Assessment Process: Caleb's Creek Elementary, Diggs-Latham Elementary, and Sedge Garden Elementary. The graphic below shows the constructs that are being implemented by all kindergarten teachers in 2016-17 (in the middle column) and those that were part of the Usability Study in the 2015-16 school year (in the right-hand column in green).
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K-3 Construct Progressions




K-3 Construct Resources


The following videos were created as resources for teachers in usability schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School District to support them in the formative assessment process related specifically to the construct progression for Gross Motor Development.


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Nancy Sutton

Program Specialist, Physical Education & Health

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools


Ms. Sutton serves as program specialist coordinating WSFC School's efforts with regard to children's health and physical development. She has many years of experience teaching physical education to K-12 students and has a passion for integrating physical activity in the lives of children.

The Importance of Gross Motor Development



Integrating Gross Motor Skills into Daily Activities