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Results Matter FAQs

  1. Who is required to be assessed under Results Matter?

Children receiving CPP and preschool special education funding. All other children: optional.

  1. Can parents opt their child out of assessment?

No, if a child is receiving CPP or preschool special education funding. Yes for all other children.

  1. Who is qualified to conduct the assessment?

Anybody in contact with the child can contribute documentation, including families and itinerant service providers. Parent interviews and observations should be treated as valid information to support ratings. However, only IRR-certified staff should make assessment ratings.

  1. Which checkpoints are required?

Fall, Winter, Spring according to Results Matter checkpoint calendar dates. Summer is optional.

  1. Why are fall, winter, and spring checkpoint periods required?

Colorado has implemented a system based on best practices for ongoing assessment that drives instruction and program improvement. By completing the winter checkpoint, staff use the assessment as a progress monitoring tool that allows them to make instructional or programmatic modifications that will support children toward the next level of progress during the remainder of the year. In regards to preschoolers with disabilities, the mid-year ratings support documentation of progress toward IEP goals or assist in developing the next IEP.

  1. Which areas are required to be assessed?

    • GOLD®: Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy, Math*

*Science/Technology, The Arts, and Social Studies are encouraged but not required. However, choosing not to assess these areas breaks the formal alignment to the Early Learning and Development Guidelines (ELDGs), which could put programs at risk if they are seeking or have obtained Colorado Shines Levels 3-5 points for using a child assessment tool aligned to the ELDGs.

  • COR Advantage: Approaches to Learning, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Health, Language/Literacy/Communication, Mathematics, Creative Arts, Science and Technology, Social Studies

  1. Is documentation required to be uploaded to the online system to support ratings?


  1. Are pictures and videos required to be entered into the online system?

No. At a minimum, typed anecdotes must be entered into the online system. Documentation apps are available as an added convenience to teachers.

  1. Are individual readiness plans required?

Yes for children funded by CPP and preschool special education. No for all other children, but recommended

FAQs specific to OSEP reporting for preschoolers with disabilities.