Kindergarten Individual Development Survey

A young child’s learning in areas such as language and literacy, mathematics, and social and emotional learning, and development of skills such as curiosity, creativity, and perseverance can better prepare the child for success in school.

The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) is a tool that teachers across the state of Illinois began using in Fall 2017 to observe kindergarten students’ development in critical learning areas within the first 40 days of school. The observations take place as kindergarten students go about their daily routines of learning and playing in the classroom. Teachers use the observations to place each child’s abilities on a learning pathway and share the results with their families.

KIDS focuses on the knowledge, skills, and behaviors across four key domains that most impact long-term student success. The domains are: Approaches to Learning and Self-Regulation; Social and Emotional Development; Language and Literacy Development; and Cognition: Math. Information from KIDS will help families learn more about what their child is leaning in school and what they can do at home to promote their child’s healthy growth and development.

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We also ask that you complete the online Ages & Stages Questionnaire.  It provides us with valuable information that we use to get to know each child better, assist with the transition from pre-school and aid our efforts to create balanced classrooms.  The Ages & Stages Questionnaire can be accessed by click the following URL:

We look forward to working with you to help your child excel both in and out of the classroom.