• *New 2021 TK Reference Guide

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  • Upcoming Professional Developments: 



    TK Unit Requirements: 

    TK teachers are required to have 24 units in Early Childhood or Child Development by December 2019. Teachers can take online college courses as one way to complete their unit requirement.
    Search for online CA college course at

    (Teachers who taught TK or SRLDP prior to July 2015 are grandfathered in to teach TK.)


    TK Implementation Videos and Information:  Preparing for the new year

    *The TK Learning Environment: This video segment reviews methods for creating an organized and inviting TK learning environment.  See TK Implementation Guide, Chapter 5 for a list of centers and what to include. 

    *Effective TK Instruction: This video segment introduces the importance of establishing a predictable, yet flexible daily routine.  Read Chapter 4 to learn more about TK instructional strategies and how to help students understand routines and transitions. 


     For more on  the TK Implemetation Guide and support videos, scroll down to TK Implementation Support.
    For archived teacher trainings, scroll to LAUSD PD & Resources

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    Transitional Kindergarten provides an early childhood education program that builds a bridge between preschool years and traditional Kindergarten. TK offers a nurturing environment and delivery of instruction that is developmentally appropriate for young learners as they acquire elementary school readiness skills that not only include academics, but also focus on the development of language and social emotional skills through rich, integrated experiences.


    TK Content Expectations


    For PD on the Alignment Document, please click here. *** (Facilitator notes included.)

    TK-K Alignment Document PDF Resource **  

    To order an alignment document click here.

    Click title for the complete Preschool Learning Foundations and Preschool Curriculum Frameworks


    TK and TK/K Lesson Design:

    Young children learn through integrated experiences. Each child is unique and comes with different areas of strengths and needs.  TK instruction designs lessons that are integrated and allow children to build on existing knowledge to continue in his or her development. has sample lesson templates that demonstrate how to create integrated lessons that address multiple domains/content standards and allow children to build on existing skills (whether 48 month, 60 month, or Kinder expectations.)
    To learn more, please visit>Teaching Tools>Sample Lesson Planning
    A sample TK daily schedule is also provided.
    TK and TK/K Differentiation
    TKCalifornia offers teachers professional learning and resources to guide teachers on what to consider and how to go about differentiating instruction in your TK or  TK/K classrooms. Click Differentiation for the complete support and learning resources.  Click on "Differentiating in TK/K Combinations" to see the instructional guide.
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  •  TK Assessment

    LAUSD Kindergarten assessments are not expected or required of TK students. TK students are building kindergarten readiness and are expected to demonstrate proficiency in all of the CA Preschool Learning Foundations by the end of the school year.

    Teachers use the TK-K Alignment document to measure how students are developing along the instructional continuum from the CA Preschool Learning Foundations toward beginning Kindergarten content standards. This document aligns the expectations for children at 48 months, 60 months, and end of year Kindergarten goals. Teachers may wish to reference this document and its descriptors in parent conferences.  The CA Preschool Learning Foundation volumes have bulleted examples of student expectations at the 48 and 60 month foundations.


    Teachers should refer to the CA Preschool Learning Foundations vol. 1 for the ELD learning foundations and the development of early learners of a second language.


    TK-K Alignment Revised Intro 2017-18         TK-K Standards Alignment Document    

    CA PLF Vol. 1          CA PLF Vol. 2           CA PLF Vol. 3

    CA PCF Vol.1           CA PCF Vol. 2          CA PCF Vol. 3


    Assessment Options:

    • Oral language development is an area of need for many of our young students and the foundation for all literacy skills. TK teachers have the option to use the Oral Language Screener on the Amplify assessment page to monitor oral language development in their students. To learn how to access and use OLS, please see the online tutorial at (click Oral Language.)


    • Desired Results Developmental Profile-K (DRDP-K 2015) is a state assessment tool to help teachers monitor young children's learning and progress in order to plan and support students' continued development in all the instructional domains of TK to K. For more information, visit


    • Curriculum program assessments.


    • TK teachers will still have access to DIBELS/IDEL/TRC for the puprose of demonstrating growth in skills development. TK students are not expected to meet kindergarten benchmarks during their first year in TK.


    • State mandatory assessments:
      ELPAC:  Students with a home language other than English must complete the initial ELPAC by Sept. 12 or two weeks from when they enter school. The ELPAC is administered again in the Spring to monitor growth development.




    TK Report Card

    For more information and online modules regarding the new elementary progress reports including TK, go to
    The Schoology online gradebook is optional for TK teachers at this time. For TK grading resources and supports, open the Grading Supports- Transitioanl Kindergarten folder at

    ETK uses the DRDP-Tech to demonstrate student development and DRDP parent form during parent conferences.

    Teachers should refer the California Preschool Learning Foundations for the ELD Foundations.  The ELD Preschool Learning Foundations are found in the CA Preschool Learning Foundations, vol. 1.


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  • Kindergarten Continuance Form

    Kindergarten students can transfer to TK at any time during the school year in order to receive the gift of time to mature and develop social emotionally and academically. The CA Kindergarten Continuance Form is required to ensure ADA for a child's second year in kindergarten.


    See REF-5777.5 Attachment D (Parental Agreement/CDE Kindergarten Continuance Form).

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