This is a checklist that I use to show the parents the skills their child will need to master by the end of their kindergarten year in order to be ready for first grade.I test the children at the beginning, middle and end of kindergarten and highlight the skills they did not master. If the list is highlighted a lot we (the parents and myself) know we have A LOT of work to do to get their child ready. Through the year the highlighted portions of the list should get smaller. By the end of the year the list should have little or none of the skills highlighted showing they have mastered them and are ready to go on. If not it opens things up for retention discussion if the checklist is still highlighted in many areas.