Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener
Section 1002.69, Florida Statutes (F.S.), requires the Florida Department of Education to adopt a statewide kindergarten screening instrument that assesses the readiness of each student for kindergarten based on the performance standards adopted by the department under section 1002.67(1), F.S., for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK). The screening instrument, known as the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS), must be administered to all public school kindergarten students within the first 30 days of each school year. Nonpublic schools may administer FLKRS to each kindergarten student who was previously enrolled in VPK. The results of this screening provide valuable information about a child’s readiness for school, help teachers develop lesson plans to meet each child’s individual needs, and offer useful information to parents.
FLKRS is also used to calculate the kindergarten readiness rates for the VPK Program. For more information on the VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate, visit the Office of Early Learning (OEL) website.
Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the FLKRS assessment will be administered through Star Early Literacy®, which will replace the FLKRS Work Sampling System (FLKRS-WSS). (For information on FLKRS administrations prior to the 2017-18 school year, contact the Just Read, Florida! office.) The Star Early Literacy® assessment is an online, adaptive instrument that students complete independently in approximately 15-20 minutes.
Star Early Literacy® Resources
- Access Your District's FLKRS Site
- FLKRS/Star Early Literacy® FAQ (PDF)
- Star Early Literacy® System Requirements (PDF)
- FLKRS/Star Early Literacy® Rostering
Florida K-Readiness Introductory Video and Practice Test
- Users should finish watching the introductory video prior to beginning the practice test. The purpose of the practice test is to orient students and teachers to the Star Early Literacy system, functionality, and item types. The content of the practice test items is not indicative of the level of content that will be seen on the operational Star Early Literacy assessment.
- Star Early Literacy® Pretest Instructions (PDF)
- Star Early Literacy® Test Administration Manual (PDF)
- Star Assessments™ Administration Checklist (PDF)
- Star Assessments™ for Early Literacy Abridged Technical Manual (PDF)
- Florida K-Readiness Renaissance Place Help Desk: 1-800-338-4204 or email@example.com
Presentations and Training Materials
- FLKRS/Star Early Literacy® Webinar (May 3, 2017)
- FLKRS/Star Early Literacy® for Private Schools Webinar (July 25, 2017)