ISD leads play a foundational role in getting the KRA going and setting the stage for success. You are instrumental in ensuring that all the moving parts work together for the smooth implementation of this important initiative.
The ISD lead serves as the primary point of contact for the KRA at the ISD level. You ensure that the KRA implementation is a success.
As an ISD lead, you are responsible for:
- Coordinating and supporting trainers, data managers, and teachers throughout the KRA implementation process.
- Identifying data managers who will be responsible to set up and manage the KReady system.
- Identifying trainers who will be responsible for training teachers.
- Distributing KRA kits before teacher training.
- Collaborating with data managers to ensure that all teachers have accounts prior to teacher training.
- Collaborating with trainers to ensure that an appropriate training plan has been established to train all the teachers.
- Monitoring completion of the KRA throughout the administration window.
- Analyzing KRA data to inform strategic decision-making at the ISD level.
ISD Lead FAQ
Are we receiving new KRA allocations for the 2021-2022 allocations?
The ISDs that requested, received their funding allocation to support the 2020-2021 administration. There was no mechanism to return allocation funds and it was stated that ISD’s carry over the funds they had received. This was communicated in early September 2020, and the expectation was that the funds received would be used as support for the 2021-2022 administration of the KRA.
How do we return unused allocation funds?
There is no mechanism to return allocation funds. These funds should be accounted for as any other grant received by the LEA. The LEA should prepare accordingly as these funds can be audited.
How do we receive more KRA kits?
KRA kits for the 2020-2021 administration were ordered based on counts given by each ISD Lead. These kits were delivered to the corresponding ISD and were to then be distributed to local districts/schools. It was communicated that these kits should be retained and secured as they would be used for the administration of the KRA in the Fall of 2021. The KRA kits are considered secure test materials. Therefore, any teacher leaving the kindergarten classroom must leave the KRA kit for the next teacher. After determining there are no available kits, you will need to reach out to the KRA in MI Team.