Johnny Key

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K-2 Assessment


The Qualls Early Learning Inventory (QELI) is an assessment tool for the use in primary grades to identify student development in six behavioral characteristics related to school learning.  It is a “snapshot” of the child’s skills entering kindergarten and early first grade.  

QELI is administered at the beginning of the school year to all kindergarten students and to any first grade student who did not attend kindergarten.


The Iowa Assessments (IA) is administered to students in grades 1 - 2. The IA is a norm-referenced test covering reading comprehension and mathematics problem solving. The entire test is multiple-choice.
Norm-referenced testing measures an individual student’s performance in comparison to a nationwide group of students. The IA is based on percentile, not percentage.  

For more information, please contact:

Hope Allen, Director of Student Assessment
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 305-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4558

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