Entering Kindergarten

Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is Washington State’s process for assessing students’ strengths as they enter kindergarten. WaKIDS has three parts: family connection, whole child assessment, and early learning collaborations. Learn more by watching the video below.


WaKIDS Data in Pierce County

In the whole child assessment, kindergarten teachers observe and record students in six areas of development: social emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, and math. The assessment is done once a year, at the beginning of the school year. The data shows us what strengths children bring with them to kindergarten.

Skills entering kindergarten 2015

What has the data shown us so far?

  • Pierce County is doing better than Washington State in all areas.
  • Math is the area in greatest need of support.
  • Evidence of the opportunity gap exists when the data is disaggregated by race.

You can explore the data further, and search for individual school districts, by going here.