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State begins kindergarten survey program

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A new program released by the Illinois Board of Education wants to keep a closer eye on kindergarten achievement in Illinois. The goal is to provide more tailored instruction for young students.

But the program will take some fine tuning.

The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey, or K.I.D.S. is still in it's pilot phase. It can only be found in select school districts in the state. Winnebago District 323's Dorothy Simon Elementary School, is one of 64 districts participating in the program.  

The program asks teachers to submit surveys 3 times a year, with information about their students' ability to solve problems, and identify numbers, letters, and shapes.

"It's not a test base, it's more straightforward observation of what they see what students do in their natural environment," says Dorothy Simon Elementary School Principal Frank Mandera. "What's gonna happen in the next couple of years then is that the state is gonna take the information that is done from the pilot year, this year, and then next year, which they'll open up to other schools then too."

Being the first year of the survey, Mandera says there are improvements that still need to be made before full integration can happen.  "Being a pilot, also there are a lot of quirks so along with quirks comes technology quirks and that's just one of the hurdles that we had to kind of jump through. So it'll be positive I think in the end, the end product will be very positive towards students, but right now it's just been kind of rocky in how the logistics of it works."

The State Board of Education hopes to have every district in the state using the program by the 2015- 2016 school year.

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