The mission of the Results Matter program is to positively influence the lives of children and families by helping teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders use child, family, program and system outcomes data to inform early childhood practices and policy. The child and family outcomes describe the benefits that are desired for children and their families as a result of participating in early childhood care and education programs and services.
The rich evidence gleaned through ongoing child assessment, family outcomes surveys and program quality evaluation supports instructional planning, results-driven program and policy decisions and the means to demonstrate the efficacy of services available to Colorado’s children and families.
Data obtained through Results Matter are used to describe children's progress across specific developmental and educational domains as well as functional outcomes developed by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center and the U.S. Department of Education. These outcomes illustrate the integrated nature of early childhood development and allow the comparison of information from programs using different assessment tools.
Results Matter promotes:
- Authentic assessment of children's learning and developmental progress
- The use of authentic assessment data for instructional planning in the classroom
- The use of child and family outcomes data to inform program and policy decisions