STAMFORD, CT — August 27, 2018 — When kindergarten students enter their classroom for the first day of school, how do teachers know how best to support each child? For the 2018—2019 school year, to date 1,009 Kindergarten students have registered and will be entering one of the thirteen elementary schools in the Stamford Public School district. This year their teachers will be better prepared to support their specific needs, and the needs of their class as a whole, thanks to
the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF)’s implementation of a district-wide Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, which was provided to 80% of the registered incoming students during July and August.

The assessment, called the Preschool Early Literacy Indicator (PELI), is a storybook-embedded assessment of essential pre-literacy and oral language skills needed for Kindergarten. The assessment, designed for Pre-K students, identifies the various levels of children’s literacy skills with the intent to provide the instructional support needed to improve future reading outcomes. The assessment measures alphabet knowledge, vocabulary and oral language, phonemic awareness, and listening comprehension.

On August 22nd, working together with Stamford Public School’s Director of Early Childhood Development & Intervention Kendra Brown, SPEF organized “Student Insight Day,” which brought together teachers and administrators in advance of the start of school to share the results of the students’ PELI assessments. This data is being used to plan for the 2018—19 school year, enable teachers and administrators to create instructional groups, determine the type of instruction needed to ensure all students reach goals, as well as increase opportunities for students who are performing at basic or advanced levels to elevate their achievement.

Sarah Lane of Springdale Elementary School shared, “My Kindergarten team and I were treated to an incredible morning courtesy of SPEF, where we learned all about our incoming students so we could better prepare our classrooms for them! We analyzed tons of data that was collected during the summer. As teachers, we could not be more grateful to SPEF who truly put their funding where our students and teachers will benefit from it most.”