Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA) Training

Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA) Training

What is the MKEA?

The Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA) is a comprehensive formative assessment initiative that prepares kindergarten teachers to collect meaningful observational data across all developmental domains to inform instruction and individualize learning.

The MKEA Fact Sheetissued by ESE, explains the purpose, benefits, challenges and misconceptions of the MKEA initiative. Click the link below, or access the document on the EEC's MKEA website.

MKEA Frequently Asked Questions

What the grant provides

Assessment for Responsive Teaching offers free training in the Teaching Strategies GOLD formative assessment tool, as well as in other formative assessment trainings. We also offer free technical assistance for kindergarten teachers, paraprofessionals and other staff whose district is part of the MKEA cohort.

  • Training in the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool, with 12 PDPs
  • Additional formative assessment courses (5 hours each)
  • Free online assessment licenses for Teaching Strategies GOLD (for educators participating in the GOLD training)

Who can receive the training?

Kindergarten teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school staff whose district is part of the MKEA Cohort

Who can receive free follow-up support?

Teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators in all MKEA Cohorts who have been trained in the Teaching Strategies GOLD online assessment tool.

Learn more about Technical Assistance

Trainings and Registration

This project offers foundational trainings, trainings in using the assessment tool, and trainings in using data to plan individualized learning. Please click the titles in the list of trainings below for more information and to register.

Contact our staff member, Emily Bouvier,, with questions about registration.

Teaching Strategies GOLD

12 hours, 12 PDPs (Required)

This twelve-hour training introduces teachers to Teaching Strategies GOLD, a Web-based, developmentally appropriate assessment system for children from birth through kindergarten. Through video clips, small-group work, and facilitator-led discussions, teachers will explore the structure, features, and functionality of the tool and practice using it to follow the four-step assessment cycle. Hands-on activities include observing children and writing objective observation notes, evaluating a child portfolio, and communicating assessment information with families. By the end of the session, teachers will have the basic skills they need to begin implementing Teaching Strategies GOLD in their classrooms.

Observation and Documentation for Assessment and Planning

5 hours, 0.5 CEUs

Observing children in the daily life of their early childhood classroom is a powerful way to assess them. By observing children, you can get a rich understanding of the whole child’s development over time. In this course you will learn ways to observe children and document your observations during a busy day. You will have the opportunity to further develop your skills by practicing observation and documentation using video vignettes and by participating in small-group discussions and reflection.

Assessing Diverse Learners

5 hours, 0.5 CEUs

A child’s language, culture, and ability have an important impact on the assessment process. Through this course you will gain skills and understanding for fairly and effectively assessing children who are diverse in terms of culture, language, and ability. To enhance your ability to assess diverse learners, the course will present and incorporate the principles of universal design for learning (UDL) as well as important information on first and second language learning.

Engaging Families in the Assessment Process

5 hours, 05. CEUs

In this course educators will learn ideas, tools, and tips for engaging families in child assessments in order to make families strong partners in their child’s education. You will also learn ways to gain information from families to deepen your understanding of the child. Among the topics addressed will be attention to culturally responsive interactions, ideas for gathering information from families, and family-friendly ways of sharing data.

Utilizing Data for Administrative Decision-Making

5 hours, .05 CEUs

Prerequisite: Experience using a Formative Assessment Tool such as Teaching Strategies GOLD or Work Sampling

Once you have been trained in a formative assessment tool, how do you use all the data that teachers have entered in it?  In this course you will learn how to view and interpret the data in the assessment tool to support teachers, share information with parents, and inform decision-making for your program or school.  You will learn about the variety of reports that can be created from the assessment tool and will have practice in interpreting the data in these reports.

Utilizing Data for Planning Individualized Learning: for Educators

5 hours, .05 CEUs

Prerequisite: Experience using a Formative Assessment Tool such as Teaching Strategies GOLD or Work Sampling

Once you have learned how to use a formative assessment tool, how do you interpret and use all the data you have entered into it?  In this course you will learn how to use the data to plan individualized learning for children.  You will also learn how to create reports to help them share information with families and colleagues who could help you make decisions around the child’s learning.