In response to technical issues regarding Teaching Strategies GOLD 2.0, Teaching Strategies will initiate weekly town hall meetings for Colorado subscribers, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 4:00 MST. The meetings provide Colorado subscribers with an opportunity to communicate implementation challenges directly to Teaching Strategies, hear from Teaching Strategies about efforts to rectify issues and learn about ongoing product development timelines. Please register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the town hall webinar.
Watch the webinar that was recorded on September 17, 2015. This webinar was designed to support implementation, and answer questions specific to users of the Teaching Strategies Birth – 3rd Grade Platform (2.0), or view the slide deck.
Offices of School Readiness and Literacy Co-Presented Webinar
The August 25 webinar was intended to support implementation of School Readiness, READ Act and the minor changes that were instituted in HB 15-1323.
Note To All Users of the Expanded Birth-3rd Grade Platform In Kindergarten
While Teaching Strategies works to ensure a successful soft launch of the many features of this observation-based formative assessment and instructional tool for kindergarten classrooms, the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness continues to work on your behalf to support your successful implementation of kindergarten school readiness as outlined in legislation.
HB 15-1323 institutes some minor changes to school readiness and READ Act assessment requirements at the kindergarten level and for students who test at the proficient level in reading.
More Than Just a Law...
In the early years of each child's life, every experience, every day creates the foundation for success in school and beyond. Colorado demonstrated its commitment to school readiness and success for all children through the passage of Senate Bill 08-212, Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K).
The goal of CAP4K is to align Colorado’s preschool through postsecondary education system. The act included provisions related to school readiness for both the State Board of Education and local education providers.
Colorado's School readiness initiative is aimed at promoting the school success of each child entering a Colorado school, recognizing that a strong start in school can close gaps early and prevent other gaps from starting. Colorado is among a host of states implementing school readiness assessments and individual plans to provide educators and families with tools for identifying and supporting each child's areas of strength and areas for growth.
CDE is committed to providing supports and services that increase the chances of success for all children through resources for kindergarten, information about requirements, and support for implementing school readiness plans and assessment practices.
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 2014 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