About Our Assessment Tools

Every Child Ready uses a broad variety of assessment tools that are rooted in research, data, and established industry best practices.

All of the tools are aligned to a three-tiered Response-to-Intervention approach that deploys Every Child Ready’s Curriculum and Professional Development as early prevention and intensive intervention before children enter kindergarten.

Student Achievement Tools:

  • Progress Monitoring Assessments, taking place five times a year, to evaluate students’ mastery of math, language, and literacy. In addition to the ECR: Math and ECR: Language and Literacy assessments developed by AppleTree Institute, Every Child Ready also uses the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS), a best practice tool for screening, diagnosing, and monitoring progress for literacy.
  • Flexible Small Group Assessments, which are intermittent assessments aligned directly with specific performance indicators, that demonstrate student mastery at each age. These assessments are key drivers for differentiated instruction and student-paced learning.

Classroom Quality Tools:

  • The Every Child Ready Quality Indicator Observational Tool is an innovative resource to promote targeted effective professional development. It identifies teachers’ areas of strengths and weaknesses in more than 20 categories, including student engagement, relevant instruction, time management and classroom organization, to establish an overall quality environment for each student.
  • The ECR Attributes Framework defines evidence-based instructional practices that must be included in every lesson. During lesson planning, teachers use a set of checklists with elements that must be present in each part of the instructional day, offering teachers help to structure a way to evaluate their own fidelity to the framework.
  • Tier-1 Teacher Observations are conducted by instructional coaches to measure instructors’ fidelity to Every Child Ready.

Student Behavior Tools:

  • The Positive Behavior Ratings Scale (PBRS), helps measure a student’s socio-emotional development through a strengths-based, 10-item ratings scale completed for each student quarterly.