About Us

About UsThe Texas Kindergarten Assessment System (TX-KEA) is a collaborative effort between the US Department of Education, the Texas Education Agency, and the Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth.

This is a research project which will develop and validate a Kindergarten Entry Assessment for Texas children. It will encompass multiple aspects of child development and will better inform kindergarten teachers about the children in their classes and help them to design more appropriate learning opportunities. The overall goal of this project is to develop a comprehensive screening assessment which can be reliably administered by kindergarten teachers and is a valid predictor of academic success.  In August 2017, TX-KEA launched on the CLI Engage platform. The assessments are available at no cost to all Texas public schools.

TX-KEA is…

  • a comprehensive school readiness screening assessment to be given to children at the beginning of kindergarten by teachers
  • being developed in English and Spanish and will allow adaptations for children with special needs
  • designed to inform instruction
  • a web-based reporting system to help teachers make effective use of the results
  • a combination of teacher-administered direct assessments, child-paced direct assessments, and teacher surveys/observation tools
  • a system that will link data to the Texas Education Agency's Texas Student Data System (TSDS)
  • being developed for use on several platforms and devices, including laptops and tablets
  • a time-efficient assessment that will allow assessment of all areas within 45 minutes
  • a system that will provide reports to parents, teachers, and school district personnel
  • being developed with an effective web-based training for teachers
  • one of many screening instruments that schools can choose to use at kindergarten entry


  • an intelligence test
  • a high stakes test
  • a language proficiency test
  • an assessment to evaluate the performance of kindergarten or pre-k teachers
  • a system to determine certification of early childhood programs
  • a system to replace teacher progress monitoring across the school year