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.
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: