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School Readiness

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.

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New Teaching Strategies GOLD Town Hall Webinar

Watch the webinar, recorded on April 27th, that discusses the changes and updates made to the Birth-3rd grade platform for SY 2016-17.

Early Childhood Assessment

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 Shawnee Ames, School Readiness Program Support via email at

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:

  1. 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),
  2. It creates even greater levels of data privacy for kindergarten students through additional privacy safeguards when using the assessment.

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