Kindergarten Literacy Benchmark


​WaKids uses an observational, whole child assessment tool called GOLD by Teaching Strategies.  GOLD helps teachers measure student knowledge, skills, and behaviors that have been shown to predict future school success.  GOLD includes six areas of development and learning:  social emotional, physical, language, and cognitive; literacy and mathematics.  Parents will receive a Developmental Learning Report for their child in the Fall.

Tacoma Public School administrators and teachers, worked together to create a Standards-based Report Card (SBRC) for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. We believe that this report card will provide parents with more information about their child’s overall academic performance in relationship to the Washington State Learning Standards.  These standards describe what a child should know and be able to do by the end of the given school year.  For example, the kindergarten standards in English Language Arts explain what a first grade student should know and be able to do in reading, writing, language, foundational skills, speaking and listening by the end of his or her year in kindergarten. The standards represented on the report card are a portion of the total standards.  They represent the safety net of standards or the most critical standards that a student must master to be successful in the next grade.

The difference between WaKids and the standards on the kindergarten report card are important to note.  WaKIDS GOLD measures only the student’s developmental skills necessary for success at the beginning (fall) of kindergarten.  The Kindergarten Washington State Learning Standards on the Tacoma  Report Card measure knowledge and skills to be mastered by the end of the kindergarten school year.  Parents will receive the WaKids Developmental Learning Report in the fall and the SBRC in the winter and spring of their student’s kindergarten year.​

 WaKids View Benchmark

 Reading View Report Card Benchmark

 Writing View Report Card Benchmark

Understanding the data

WAKids: The benchmark displays the percentage of students displaying the developmental skills for a level.

Report Card: The benchmark displays the percentage of students at each level of the rating scale as measured at the end of 1st and 3rd trimesters. The 1st trimester report card is optional in kindergarten. The WA Kids report is most typically used instead of a kindergarten report card.


Because a school year includes two calendar years, such as 2014-2015, the school year on the benchmark chart is identified by the second calendar year. For example, the 2014-2015 school year is identifi​ed as 2015 on the chart.​​

The data may be viewed by district, region, school, and race. It can be further filtered by gender, English Language learner status, free and reduced lunch status, and special education status.


WA Kids: Number of students at a specific level divided by the total number of students assessed.

Report Card: Number of students receiving a specific mark divided by the total number of students receiving a report card.

Data retrieval schedule

WA Kids data is updated in late October when released by the state, with any subsequent changes captured daily.

Report card data is loaded at the end of each trimester. This is generally in December, March, and June.

Input from

WA Kids data is downloaded from the state to the student information system, and then loaded to the data warehouse.​​​​​