Colorado has four approved, high quality early childhood assessment tools
- Preschool programs using public funds use either GOLD® by Teaching Strategies or COR Advantage by HighScope
- Colorado kindergarten programs may choose to use GOLD® by Teaching Strategies, Desired Results Developmental Profile for Kindergarten (DRDP-K), HighScope COR for Kindergarten. Information about each tool can be found below.
These assessment tools all function in similar ways. They measure the required areas of development and growth defined in legislation: early literacy, mathematics, social, physical, language, and cognitive development. Results are measured against research-based age expectations.
Some of the assessment tools have additional optional areas that can be measured at teacher discretion. These optional areas include science, technology, arts, and English language development, among others. They are teacher-guided observation protocols used to see how well a child is progressing through age- and grade-level expectations to support later academic success. They are valid, reliable and research-based instruments that meet the school readiness criteria established by the State Board of Education.
GOLD® by Teaching Strategies
GOLD® by Teaching Strategies is a teacher-guided observation system that provides teachers and parents a way to see how well a child is progressing through the areas of school readiness outlined in legislation. GOLD® provides information to support teachers in differentiating instruction for every child. GOLD® additionally provides suggested activities targeted to student’s learning goals that can be done at home and at school. GOLD® generates reports to help families understand their child’s growth and development, and it provides a parent portal for parents to see all information related to their child. For more information about the GOLD® assessment tool.
Desired Results Developmental Profile for Kindergarten
The Desired Results Developmental Profile for Kindergarten (DRDP-K) is a teacher-guided observation system that provides teachers and parents a way to see how well a child is progressing through the areas of school readiness outlined in legislation. The DRDP-K is used to capture teachers’ summative observations three times a year. DRDP-K was developed by the California Department of Education in collaboration with the Center for Child and Family Studies at WestEd.