Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA) Training

Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA) Training

What is the MKEA?

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

Funding for MKEA under Race to the Top ended on June 30, 2016.

School districts who want to purchase GOLD portfolios/licenses for the 2016/2017 school year can do so at the state's reduced rate of $9.95 per child. Please contact Jay Swanson (617.988.7803;, to order at this rate. 

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 Fall 2014 Conference Resources

The Department of Early Education and Care and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education held an MKEA conference in the Fall of 2014. Below are the documents and resource materials from that conference that are available for download.

Morning Workshops:

Using Assessment to Extend Learning during Teacher-Child Interactions

Presenter: Judy Jablon

Using Assessment to Extend Learning (Powerpoint Slides)

Formative Assessment: Building the Foundation for College and Career Readiness from Birth through Grade 3

Presenter: Stephanie Lyda (Southeast Readiness Center)

Essential Questions

Definition of College and Career Readiness

Building the Foundations for College and Career Success for Children from Birth Through Grade 3

Afternoon Session:

Making It Real: Using Formative Assessment Data at Your School Site

Chart for Mapping Assessments

Kindergarten Assessment Questions to Consider

MKEA Assessment Data Information

For more information, contact: 
EC-ART Project Director
413.586.4900 x5573