Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS)
The purpose of the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS) is to gather information about a child’s overall development and address each student’s readiness for kindergarten based on the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year-Olds. The FLKRS is also used to calculate VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate, which measures how well a VPK provider prepares 4-year-olds to be ready for kindergarten based on the standards.
History of Kindergarten Screening in Florida
Kindergarten screening has been used for more than 20 years to give kindergarten teachers instructional information about children who are entering kindergarten. Statewide kindergarten screening for all public school kindergarten students began in 1997. Before then, kindergarten screening varied among districts.
Kindergarten Screening and VPK
Section 1002.69, Florida Statutes, describes Department of Education responsibilities for statewide kindergarten screening and calculating VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rates. The law requires statewide kindergarten screening be administered within the first 30 days of kindergarten. There are also opportunities for private schools to administer the screening if they like.
Kindergarten screening is known as The Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener or FLKRS.
Kindergarten Screening/FLKRS in 2017-18
Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the FLKRS will use Star Early Literacy® to assess students. Items included in FLKRS continue to be aligned with VPK education standards.