Welcome to the New Mexico Kindergarten Observation Tool (KOT)! As part of its comprehensive plan to ensure that all New Mexico students have the opportunity to succeed in school, the Public Education Department (PED) has developed an observation-based assessment tool that will be used as children enter kindergarten. For the past seven years, PreK teachers in New Mexico have been administering a similar assessment tool and using the results for curriculum and instructional planning. Because this effort has been so well-received by educators and families, the KOT will incorporate many elements of the New Mexico PreK Observational Assessment.
Teachers will use a rubric rating system to observe student behaviors and skills in the natural classroom and school environments. 6 developmental domains will be observed via the KOT process, giving the teacher a well-rounded view of the whole child that will allow teachers to better meet student’s individual needs. The six developmental domains are as follows:
- Physical Development, Health, and Well-Being
- Scientific Conceptual Understanding
- Self, Family, and Community
- Approaches to Learning
The administration of the KOT will be funded for all New Mexico kindergarten students by the PED with state-wide implementation in Fall 2016 and K-3 Plus kindergarten students participating at the beginning of the K-3 Plus summer program.. All assessment processes are in keeping with the National Research Council’s recommendations on early childhood assessment. Because the KOT will be used for all children entering kindergarten, special steps have been taken to ensure it is appropriate for use with New Mexico’s diverse student population and that it contains culturally sensitive content. This observation tool allows for students to respond in their home language.
Jerry Apodaca Education Building
300 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone (505) 827-6526
Fax (505) 827-6563
Central Region Educational Cooperative
Public Education Department