KIDS asks kindergarten teachers across the State of Illinois to complete a rubric that looks at 14 different readiness indicators for kindergarten. The key areas of observation are approaches to learning and self-regulation, social and emotional development, language and literacy, cognition: math. Throughout a regular day at school, children will be observed, most likely not even realizing they are being observed, and then teachers will use a rubric to determine readiness levels. This information will be shared with the Illinois State Board of Education to determine kindergarten readiness trends across the state. Teachers who may observe any areas of concern will reach out to the child’s parents/guardians and discuss them during parent–teacher conferences in November.