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Preparing Colorado's Children

CDE and School Readiness promote a start early approach to school. With a strong, early start Colorado children will be more likely to continually succeed in school. School Readiness supports teachers’ ability to create responsive learning environments that ensure academic and developmental growth for students. This includes promoting awareness of developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) that supports hands-on learning experiences and challenges students’ thinking.

To do this, school readiness assessments are used on an ongoing basis to measure children’s growth. Information collected through the assessments provides teachers with targeted instruction opportunities for individual students and small groups of students, thereby strengthening the learning environment for students.


Updated List of Approved Kindergarten School Readiness Assessments

At their May 2017 meeting, the State Board of Education voted to add HighScope COR for Kindergarten to the department’s kindergarten school readiness assessment menu.  The list also includes Teaching Strategies GOLD, and the Desired Results Developmental Profile. Information about each assessment is available on the Assessment Choices and School Readiness Plans page.  

Kindergarten School Readiness Update Webinar

The Kindergarten School Readiness Team hosted a School Readiness Updates webinar on Monday, May 22nd. To listen to the recording and view the handouts form the webinar please see our Training and Meetings page.

Kindergarten School Readiness Assessment Funding Available for 2017-18

For the final year of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, CDE will be able to reimburse district purchased kindergarten school readiness assessment subscriptions for the 2017-18 school year. For more information please see our  Assessment Choices and School Readiness Plans page.




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