State Board Approved MOU with Teaching Strategies® Regarding The Use of GOLD® for Kindergarten School Readiness
The Colorado State Board of Education approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Teaching Strategies® regarding the use of GOLD® for kindergarten school readiness assessment in 2015. In order to implement the MOU, all kindergarten programs planning to use GOLD® in SY 2016-17 will move onto the expanded Birth-3rd grade platform (2.0) in SY 2016-17. While the platform allows for teachers to utilize the tool up through 3rd grade, there is no state requirement to use the tool beyond kindergarten. The MOU does not apply to preschool programs using GOLD®. The MOU accomplishes the following objectives:
- It streamlines the assessment process for kindergarten teachers by reducing the number of assessment items in the Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) used to measure children's knowledge and skills at kindergarten entry (reduced items highlighted yellow),
- It creates even greater levels of data privacy for kindergarten students through additional privacy safeguards when using the assessment.
Reminder:Parent Guardian Permissions for Videos and Pictures in Teaching Strategies GOLD
As the new school year approaches, districts are reminded to obtain explicit, individual written parental/guardian consent for the use of photos and videos in Teaching Strategies GOLD™ in kindergarten. In December 2015, the Colorado State Board of Education approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Teaching Strategies® regarding the use of the GOLD assessment for kindergarten school readiness. As part of the MOU, additional privacy safeguards when implementing the assessment tool are in place to ensure even greater levels of student data privacy.
Funding Opportunity for Kindergarten School Readiness
The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness is preparing to release a unique funding opportunity for interested districts in early August. The “Ready Schools Project”, funded through the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Fund (RTTT), is a one year, one time grant designed to support school districts and/or schools across the state who would like to serve as regional leaders for the Kindergarten school readiness work. A competitive process, funds will be awarded October 1, 2016 and monies must be expended by June 30, 2017. Funding awards will range from $4,000 - $25,000 and will be based on the individual proposal. More detailed information about the Ready Schools RFP process will be released in the August 8th Scoop and will be referenced here on the School Readiness website in early August. An informational grant application webinar will be held on August 8th at 12:00 noon. Please register to attend the webinar here.
Teaching Strategies to Host Two Webinars
As summer comes to a close, your Teaching Strategies team is here to help you get ready for a great 2016–2017 school year! Follow the steps below to view a recorded back-to-school webinar designed specifically for Colorado GOLD® administrators where we walk through everything you need to prepare for a successful year ahead including new account settings to align with the new MOU released by the Colorado Board of Education.
To register for the August 4, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., webinar click here.
To register for the August 9, 9 to 10 a.m., webinar click here.
Watch the webinar, recorded on April 27th, that discusses the changes and updates made to the Birth-3rd grade platform for SY 2016-17.
We recently migrated information related to Early Childhood Assessment to a new location. Please visit the P-3 Education section or click the link above to access Early Childhood Assessment information.
SY 2016-2017 School Readiness Portfolio Reimbursement and Teaching Strategies® GOLD® Credit Information
Districts will receive information regarding their specific kindergarten student portfolio credit directly from Teaching Strategies® in May for budget planning purposes. Read the timeline and process for districts who wish to request reimbursement for kindergarten school readiness assessment portfolios or apply for first-time funds. For questions, please contact Emily Kielmeyer, Kindergarten Readiness assessment Specialist via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
School Readiness works to ensure that teachers and districts have these tools and resources necessary to implement these strategies. The early years of a child’s life create the foundation for sustained success. CDE is committed to supporting Colorado’s youngest student through supporting their need in implementing school readiness.
Information About the School Readiness Initiative
- Kindergarten School Readiness Overview
- Read more about Senate Bill 08-212, Colorado's Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K)
- Read more about Colorado’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge fund
School Readiness Assessments and Plans
- Pre-recorded webinar on implementation options for 2015-16 Kindergarten School Readiness Assessments
- HB 15-1323 updates to School Readiness and READ Act requirements
- Updated 2015 School Readiness Assessment Guidance document
Contains guidance related to literacy assessment for the READ Act and school readiness initiative. Includes a sample individual school Readiness Plan.
- Learn more about School Readiness Plans
- School Readiness Plan Template