The State Board identified Kindergarten Readiness as one of five Outcome Areas to measure progress and now expects every school district in Kansas to utilize a developmentally appropriate snapshot tool. The goal of Kindergarten Readiness is to ensure that each student enters Kindergarten at age five socially, emotionally, and academically prepared for success. To help us meet this goal, we are asking you to please consider participating in the state’s child screening program.
The Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Version 3 (ASQ-3) and the Ages and Stages: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ:SE-2) are screening tools from the Kansas State Department of Education that will provide a quick check of your child’s development. These questionnaires, which will take 10-15 minutes, respectively, ask questions about your child's behaviors and social-emotional growth. The information you supply will help reveal your child’s strengths, uncover any areas of concern, and determine if there are community resources or services that may be useful for your child or your family. More information can be found at http://agesandstages.com/ks/.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will parents receive information about the program? Building principals will send information to kindergarten parents through email communication. Please watch for dates and deadlines for completion.
Who will have access to this information? Only individual classroom teachers, the building principal and specified district administration will have access to student-specific data. The state will only have access to data related to the overall number of students who entered our school district developmentally ready for Kindergarten.
How will this information be used? The results of these questionnaires will allow us to support decision making to meet the needs of individual students and support partnerships between teachers and parents. Ultimately, this is just one of many pieces of information staff will use to meet the needs of students and cannot serve as the only determinant of important decisions, such as class placement or referrals for special education, and will not be used to determine a student’s eligibility for Kindergarten.
What to Expect
Estimated Time to Complete: 10-15 minutes
Section 1. The first section of the ASQ-3 looks at five developmental areas. Each area has six questions that go from easier to more difficult. Your child may be able to do some, but not all of the items. Read each question and mark:
- Yes your child is performing the skill
- Sometimes your child is performing the skill, or
- Not yet, which tells us your child is not yet performing the skill.
Following is a brief description of the five developmental areas:
- Communication: Looks at language skills, both what he or she understands and can say
- Gross motor: Looks at large muscles, how your child uses his or her arms and legs, and movements and coordination
- Fine motor: Looks at your child’s hand and finger movement and coordination
- Problem solving: Looks at how your child plays with toys and solves problems
- Personal-social: Looks at your child’s self-help skills and interactions with others.
Section 2. The Overall section asks important questions about your child’s development and any concerns you may have about your child’s development. Answer questions
Estimated Time to Complete: 10-15 minutes
Tips for completing ASQ:SE-2:
- Caregivers who know the child well and spend more than 15-20 hours per week with the child should complete ASQ:SE-2.
- Answer based on what you know about your child's behavior.
- Answer questions based on your child's usual behavior, not behavior when your child is sick, very tired, or hungry.
Directions for completing ASQ:SE-2:
- Please read each question carefully and check the response that best describes your child's behavior:
- Often or always: My child performs this behavior often or always.
- Sometimes: My child sometimes performs this behavior (not consistently).
- Rarely or never: My child rarely performs this behavior or has never performed the behavior.
- Concerns: Check the circle to the right of a question if the behavior is a concern.
- Some questions have blank spaces for you to provide examples of your child's behavior. Please be sure to explain your response(s).
- The Overall section at the end of the questionnaire asks open-ended questions about your child's behaviors. Answer questions by marking yes or no and provide an explanation for your responses.