Kindergarten Readiness Information
What is Kindergarten Readiness or School Readiness ?
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.
What is Teaching Strategies Gold or TS Gold? Overview
Teaching Strategies GOLD is an authentic, ongoing observational system for assessing children from birth through kindergarten. It helps teachers to observe children in the context of every day experiences, which is an effective way to learn what they know and can do. Teaching Strategies GOLD is based on 38 objectives for development and learning that include predictors of school success and are based on school readiness standards. The objectives are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, state early learning guidelines, and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. These objectives are at the heart of the system; teachers use them to focus their observations as they gather information to make classroom decisions.
What are the minimum CDE requirements for School Readiness Assessments in TS Gold? Minimum Requirements
- Students must be assessed on their level of school readiness in 6 developmental domains: literacy, language, social/emotional, math, cognitive, and physical (for details, see the Reduced Objectives list document below)
- Information is entered into the TS Gold system
- Assessment is completed within the first 60 calendar days of school
- A Readiness Plan is developed for each student noting strengths, opportunities for growth, and next steps
- Information is shared with parents
Note: Teachers may continue to utlize the TS Gold assessment system for the remainder of the year to assess students on develpmental progress, but it is not required. Additional Information:
For additional information, questions, or concerns, please contact: Christy Feldman, Literacy & Lang Arts Facilitator 719-520-2023 firstname.lastname@example.org D-11 Staff, visit the Kindergarten Teachers Intranet Website for additional resources (must log in)
Kindergarten Readiness Teacher Intranet Site