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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Assessing in Kindergarten

Assessing in Kindergarten... makes me want to pull my hair out sometimes. Can I get an AMEN?! I'm sure some of you may have heard of and see posts about ESGI. I've used ESGI for the past four years and I don't know where I would be without it! I thought I would share how I use it and how it saves me so much precious instructional time! We all know how time-consuming it can be to assess students in kindergarten because most of it is one-on-one.

Here is a sample of one of my students' report cards. This is one of 4 pages of our report card. This is the foundational page that we update EVERY 3 weeks because we also make copies of it to attach to the progress report. So you can get a little glimpse of how much I have to assess for ONE student and how long that can take.

Before ESGI, I would show my student a flashcard and have to find it on the report card, then mark if they mastered it or not. (Then I'd have to retest all the letters b/c who has time to sort out the cards they already mastered? NOT ME!) It literally took me FOREVER to assess... I did the same thing with sounds, popcorn words and numbers.

So now let me show you how I use ESGI to save a bunch of time! When you log in and click on a student's name, this is an example of what you would see under the "Pre-reading" tab. To begin a test, you simply click on "Test."



Since this student only missed one lowercase letter, it will only ask her for the letter she missed. Once she masters identifying the lowercase "d" (which she called b), I won't have to give her this test anymore. 


When you are finished assessing, you can click on "Test Result Letters" and this is an example of one of my students. I don't send this letter home, but I do use it to keep track of mastery to copy on to the report card I showed you in the first picture.



Another great tool that I love is you can print off "flashcards" with the letters/sounds they missed. (You can also do this with any other skill you assess on here such as rhyming words, popcorn words, etc.) The child's name would print in place of the blue boxes on each card, so they don't get mixed up with another student's.


One of my FAVORITE tools is the bar graph, I use this mainly for popcorn words. I can easily see what words my students are struggling with and it gives me a starting point for reviewing and reteaching words in small groups.


Here is another screen shot of when I click on a student's name under "Reading" for the popcorn words assessment.

Some other great benefits: YES! YOU CAN CREATE YOUR OWN ASSESSMENTS! I use ESGI mainly to assess: identifying upper case and lower case letters, naming letter sounds, reading popcorn words, identifying numbers to 20 and producing rhyming words. (The rest of the skills I assess I have to use assessments given to me by the school system). 

But some other skills that you can assess that are ready-made: identifying beginning, medial and ending sounds, identifying blends, blending sounds to make words, reading CVC words, addition, subtraction and shapes.

My awesome team-mate Ashleigh loads on the popcorn words each week so we don't have assess words that aren't taught yet. She's awesome and it saves us so much time to test little by little!

Any questions? Feel free to ask below! =)

The great thing about ESGI is that they give you a 60 day trial to use so you can get a true feel to see if it will benefit you in your classroom. Click on the link for a great video and to start your free trial!


If you use the promo code B2195 when you purchase, you will receive a discount of $159 (regular pricing -$199) for the initial year! So what are you waiting for? Go check it out! =)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing how this program helps you. I have been curious to try this out but hesitate because I am a bilingual teacher. Would I be able to add letters to alphabet assessment and edit other assessment areas? For example the phonics and phonemic awareness areas? Thank you for your help!

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