Task force releases recommendations on early childhood assessment
Members of the Task Force on Early Childhood Assessment today released their final report, which recommends one standard school readiness assessment for Iowa school districts to administer.
The group is one of six state task forces established as part of Senate File 2284, the education package adopted by the Iowa Legislature in the spring.
The Task Force on Early Childhood Assessment recommends the GOLD online assessment system for the following reasons, according to its final report:
- The system meets criteria outlined in legislation, which called for a multi-domain assessment that is aligned with the Iowa Early Learning Standards, administered at the beginning and end of the school year, and measures student growth and academic skills.
- The assessment already is widely used among Iowa school districts to guide decisions about instruction and to help teachers personalize lessons.
- The system generates state and local data that are useful for teachers, as well as reports that teachers can share with families.
The task force’s final report is due to the Iowa Legislature today.
“I commend the task force for approaching this important work using a consensus-based process that put the needs of students and teachers first,” Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass said.
Four other task forces submitted recommendations in October. A sixth task force will continue its work throughout 2013. The Competency-Based Instruction Task Force will complete a preliminary report by Jan. 15; a final plan is due to the Iowa Legislature by Nov. 15, 2013.