Early Childhood Assessment
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is sponsoring a year-long pilot of assessment instruments for use in programs that serve children ages 3 through their kindergarten year. The purpose of the pilot is to compare several different instruments to see which works best across early education settings for assessing children's learning. During the pilot, teachers/family child care providers will rate all children in their programs using one of several different instruments for a school year: Brigance Inventory of Early Development II Standardized (IED-II), the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP), or Teaching Strategies GOLD. For more information about the IED-II or GOLD, please view the videos below.
(scroll to "Teacher/Staff Resources" and under "Overview of the BRIGANCE Solution for Missouri" click on "View Webinar")
(video password: m-TW038)
Preparation Begins for Early Childhood Assessment Pilot
The Department's Office of Early and Extended Learning will be conducting a year-long pilot to identify an assessment tool for use in preschool programs and kindergarten classes (children ages 3-6). Assessment training for the pilot begins in July and 126 early childhood classrooms from 64 school districts will be participating. Types of programs piloting the assessment tools include: family child care homes, school-based and community-based preschools, Head Start, Title I, early childhood special education and kindergarten classrooms. The official pilot begins in September.