Meet the Partners
The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) is a partnership between the following organizations. Each partner brings a unique set of expertise that make VKRP possible.
Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL)
The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education is an interdisciplinary center that provides leadership on effective teaching and learning through scientific study in educational settings from infancy to higher education. VKRP is implemented by a CASTL team of early childhood education researchers and specialists.
Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens. The Virginia Department of Education provides oversight to the CASTL VKRP team to help ensure that VKRP is useful for teachers, principals, and school division leaders.
Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)
PALS provides an assessment of students' literacy. VKRP collaborates with PALS to integrate the assessment systems. Integrating the assessments also means that teachers can enter student information in a single place and be able to access reports that integrate the data across the readiness domains of literacy, mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills.
Participating Virginia School Divisions
As of the 2019-2020 school year, all kindergarten classrooms will be using VKRP. The development of VKRP has been supported since 2014 by a number of divisions across the state, who volunteered to pilot the measures, reports, resources, and online system.