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Authentic Assessment

How is your child’s development and progress documented at the ECC?

In addition to daily journals and documentation boards that keep you apprised of your child’s development, the ECC utilizes an authentic assessment tool called Teaching Strategies Gold. At parent-teacher conferences, your teachers will be sharing with you information about your child that they have been documenting with the aid of Teaching Strategies Gold.

What Is Teaching Strategies GOLD®?

Teaching Strategies GOLD® is an authentic, ongoing observational system for assessing children from birth through kindergarten, proven to be valid and reliable by extensive field testing. It helps teachers observe children in the context of everyday experiences, which is an effective way to get to know them well and find out what they know and can do.

Teaching Strategies GOLD® is grounded in 38 objectives that guide teachers throughout the assessment cycle. They are based on research, include predictors of school success, and are aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and early learning standards for each state. The 38 objectives are organized into 10 areas of development and learning:

Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, the Arts, and English Language Acquisition.

With Teaching Strategies GOLD®, teachers:

  • use a variety of tools to gather and organize meaningful data quickly.
  • create a developmental profile of each child to answer the questions, "What does this child know? What is he or she able to do?"
  • understand how their observations relate to important objectives for development and learning and use that understanding to scaffold each child's learning.
  • determine if a child is making progress and compare the child’s knowledge, skills, and behaviors to those of most children of his or her age or class/group.
  • recognize children who might benefit from special help, screening, or further evaluation.
  • generate reports that can be customized easily and shared with family members and other stakeholders.