SHREVEPORT, La. - Wednesday kicks off the first day of school for Bossier kindergartners. All students have been meeting in small groups to get ready for the big day.
Over the course of the next month the kids are going to be graded. Bossier Parish Schools has been administering the Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) for the past three years which is required by the state. However, they are now taking a different testing approach. Rather than ask each student a list of questions, the students are being observed in their environment to see exactly where they are. Each teacher can then design a plan that will get the student where they need to be to ensure academic success.
"I am so excited for these kids," Pre-k through 2nd Grade Instructional Coordinator Scarlett Smith said. "I taught kindergarten for 17 years. that's my love. We went around to a couple of schools and the kindergarten teachers are so excited. We have a great group of teachers and great group of kindergartners coming to Bossier Parish this year."
The testing comes at no additional cost to tax payers. BPS utilized their own IT department to help get the exam on their computers. Had the district have purchased the exam, each test would have cost $12.
All results from the KEA must be turned in to the Louisiana Department of Education by October 1st.