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Assessment Choices and School Readiness Plans
CAP4K requires that all students in a publicly funded kindergarten be assessed using as state approved school readiness assessment. The purpose of school readiness assessment is to inform the development of an individual school readiness plan in order to provide a responsive learning environment for each child. Information gathered from school readiness assessments is to be used for supportive and instructional purposes and cannot be used to deny a student admission or progression to kindergarten or first grade.
Beginning in 2010, CDE engaged a school readiness assessment committee with early childhood educators and experts from across Colorado to advise the department on implementation of the school readiness initiative. In 2012, the State Board of Education voted to offer districts a menu of school readiness assessments and the first kindergarten school readiness assessment review was conducted. The committee assisted in the review of assessments following the criteria established in CAP4K. In 2012, the State Board approved Teaching Strategies GOLD® as the first assessment tool for the menu. At their October 2014 meeting, the State Board voted to add three additional assessments to the menu: the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP-K), and allow the use of the Survey version of Teaching Strategies GOLD®.
In the spring of 2017, CDE solicited Requests for Information (RFIs) for both kindergarten school readiness assessment systems and additional assessment tools for Colorado’s menu of Results Matter Early Childhood Assessments. Assessment systems were reviewed by teams of stakeholders including teachers and administrators from various regions and programs in the state. Review teams used the assessment evaluation and the criteria established in CAP4K and included in the Request for Information to review and score each assessment. Recommendations for additions to the School Readiness Assessment Menu were presented to the State Board of Education on May 11, 2017. The State Board of Education voted to add HighScope Child Observation Record (COR) to the department’s kindergarten school readiness assessment menu and remove the Riverside Early Assessment of Learning (REAL) because REAL is no longer being published.
Assessment Tool Details
Desired Results Developmental Profile for Kindergarten (DRDP-K)
- Visit the Desired Results Developmental Profile for Kindergarten website for more information about the research and implementation of this tool.
- CDE - DRDP-K Information Sheet [PDF]
HighScope COR for Kindergarten
- Visit the HighScope COR for Kindergarten website for more information about the research and implementation of this tool.
- Introduction to COR for Kindergarten
- COR for Kindergarten: The right amount of the right information at the right time
- Guided Tour of the COR for Kindergarten Online Assessment System
- Try Out the COR for Kindergarten Online Assessment
- Validation Study Full Technical Report of the COR Advantage and Validation Study Summary Report
- Assessment Blueprint
- Kindergarten School Readiness Data Reporting: Sample Reports from COR for Kindergarten
- Alignment to Colorado Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, & Communicating and Mathematics
- Pricing Information: COR for Kindergarten
- Ordering Information: Subscription Form and Agreement
- CDE - COR for K Information Sheet [PDF]
North Carolina Kindergarten Entry Assessment
- North Carolina Construct Progressions and Situations Book
- Visit the North Carolina KEA website for more information about the research and implementation of this tool.
Teaching Strategies GOLD®
- Visit the Teaching Strategies GOLD® website for more information about the research and implementation of this tool.
- Visit the GOLD® Support Page for Colorado Educators and use the word Colorado to view the content
- Subscription information for districts new to GOLD®
- View Privacy Statement
- Teaching Strategies GOLD® Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) survey:
- See the TS GOLD® Alignment to Colorado Academic Standards
- CDE - GOLD Information Sheet
Reminder: Parent Guardian Permissions for Videos and Pictures in Teaching Strategies GOLD®
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.
As the new school year approaches, districts are reminded to obtain explicit, individual written parental/guardian consent if planning to use photos and videos in Teaching Strategies GOLD® in kindergarten. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, opt-in to the documentation functionality will expanded to allow for child-level opt-in to be made in one of the following ways: By district, by school, by teacher, by classroom, or by individual student.
The default setting for pictures and videos will be set to off and only administrators will be allowed to change the opt-in status to on. A student’s opt-in status is tracked by individual student, even if the opt-in is made using one of the bulk methods described above. Each district may use locally determined systems to house and track parental or guardian permission when using one of the bulk methods described above.
HB 15-1323 provides a 60 calendar day window at the beginning of the school year for districts to assess and complete kindergarten entry information in the areas mandated by CAP4K legislation (Social-emotional, Physical, Cognitive, Language, Literacy, and Math). Districts determine and set the initial 60-day window in accordance with their individual student start dates. Districts also determine to what degree, if at all, they assess additional areas within the tool beyond the minimum legislative requirements. Finally, districts may choose to implement school readiness assessments after the first 60 days, in accordance with local needs and goals.
School readiness plans are individualized plans required for every kindergartner, and are to be informed by a State Board approved school readiness assessment tool; however, CAP4K does not have specific requirements for the content of school readiness plans. Districts have a high degree of flexibility for the design of the plans. CDE makes the following recommendations:
- School Readiness Plans incorporate student strengths and goals in both developmental and academic areas, depending on the specific needs of the student.
- Plans are developed in collaboration with families whenever possible.
- School Readiness Plans are intended to be living documents and updated periodically throughout the year to focus on the next steps and support and celebrate continuous growth of the student.
- There is flexibility for districts to select reports generated by the assessment tool or choose to use a district developed template.