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Ready School

The Ready School Assessment (RSA) is a planning tool that provides schools with specific, clear, comprehensive information about their strengths and challenges — the kind of information that is essential in creating a supportive educational environment for entering children.

Here's how the RSA works:

Step #1: Complete the Questionnaire

Using the RSA Questionnaire, members of your school's team evaluate the school on eight key dimensions of readiness:

  • Leaders and Leadership
  • Transitions
  • Teacher Supports
  • Effective Curricula
  • Engaging Environments
  • Family, School, and Community Partnerships
  • Respecting Diversity
  • Assessing Progress

Each dimension has 11 to 21 indicators — policies and practices that support and promote best practices of ready schools.

Step #2: Generate Online Profile

The team then uses a password-protected RSA Online Profiler to convert their scores into a Ready School Profile. Displayed in a clear, easy-to-read graphic format, the profile shows your school's relative strength on each dimension of readiness. It also provides details on 23 sub-dimensions — all designed to provide specific focus points for school improvement plans and activities.

Step #3: Follow Up With HighScope Training and Support

Locate resources and services that can help strengthen your school's ability to promote the learning of all children. HighScope can support you through this process by providing training on how to use the RSA tool, helping you to understand your RSA Profile, and guiding you through the development of an action plan. Please contact Nan Mastie at 734.485.2000 ext. 224 or, by e-mail at nmastie@highscope.org, to discuss your training needs.

Step #4: Repeat the RSA Process At Regular Intervals

RSA is intended to be part of an ongoing cycle of evaluation and improvement.

The Ready School Assessment Kit contains everything your school's assessment team will need to learn about and use the RSA. Each kit includes

  • RSA Administration Manual
  • Five Ready School Assessment Questionnaires
  • Five RSA Team Handbooks
  • Two years of access to the Ready School Assessment Online Profiler. (An annual fee applies in year three and beyond.)

Additional administrative access to multi-schools is also available. Please contact Nan Mastie at 734.485.2000, Ext. 224 or by e-mail at nmastie@highscope.org, for more information.

Visit the RSA website

Ready School Assessment Kit



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