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Mathmatical Thinking

Teacher Knowledge - Foundational Concepts

Description of the Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Assessment

The Florida Center for Reading Research has developed the Florida VPK Assessment, in collaboration with the Department of Education. The purpose of this assessment is to provide teachers with valid and reliable feedback regarding children’s progress in attaining the skills in the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year-Olds (2011) (Standards for Four-Year-Olds), so that teachers may use this information to guide instructional activities in the VPK classroom.

The content for the three early literacy measures was decided by identifying the best predictors of later reading success. Print knowledge, phonological awareness, and oral language/vocabulary are the best predictors for conventional early reading ability. The content for the early mathematics measure was decided by identifying the best predictors of later mathematics success. Number sense is one of the best known informal predictors of formal mathematics ability. In addition, research demonstrates that all four skill areas (e.g., print knowledge, phonological awareness, mathematics, oral language/vocabulary) can benefit from targeted instruction during the preschool year.