Posted: Wed, 08/17/2011 - 9:00am Updated: Fri, 08/18/2017 - 9:55am

Purpose

The purpose of ISTAR-KR (Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting of Kindergarten Readiness) is to measure skills in children from infancy to kindergarten. A derivative of Indiana's Early Learning Standards (which are part of the Foundations to Indiana Academic Standards), ISTAR-KR is aligned to the Indiana Standards for kindergarten in the areas of English/Language Arts and Mathematics and includes three functional areas: physical, personal care and social-emotional skills. Data from ISTAR-KR assessments are used for state reporting for PK students receiving special education. The assessment can be used for local purposes for grades PK through 1.

This web-based instrument is rated by teachers based on their ongoing observations of children engaged in typical daily routines and activities. It is available to all public schools in Indiana and to private early childhood education programs at no cost. Assessment results from ISTAR-KR can be used to determine which skills a child has mastered and to identify the skills a student needs to learn next.

Contact

Private Preschools Contact:
Erin Kissling

Early Learning Specialist

Office of Early Learning and Intervention
ekissling@doe.in.gov
(317) 234-6523

Public Schools Contact:

Karen Stein
Special Programs Assessment Specialist

Office of Student Assessment
INassessments@doe.in.gov
(317) 232-9050

Special Education Preschool Contact:
Kristy Wright
Early Learning Special Education Specialist
Office of Special Education
kwright@doe.in.gov
(317) 232-9142