Early Childhood Assessment

Child assessment is a vital component of high quality early childhood education programs. The designated assessment tool for Alabama First Class Pre-K and the P-3 program is Teaching Strategies GOLD®. The Department supports programs and educators in using assessments to do what is best for young children. The following timeline is in place to help educators grow confident in the use of the assessment tool, and the use of assessment to intentionally plan teaching opportunities.

2-Hour GOLD Introduction Module: 2 weeks from access

10-Hour GOLD Module: Ongoing face-to-face training

Interrater Reliability Certification: 30 days from initial face-to-face training

Failure to meet the GOLD Professional Development timeline may result in a fine of up to $500.00 for each missed expectation, as outlined in the First Class Pre-K Program & Classroom Guidelines.

GOLD Introduction Module:

The GOLD® Introduction module is a beginning look at how formative assessment data informs planning and helps teachers individualize instruction. In the module the objectives for development and learning, the structure and components of GOLD®, and the four steps of the ongoing assessment process are explored. Teachers complete 2 weeks after gaining TSGOLD username and password. Training certificate is issued at completion. Send PDF to coach/monitor. Teachers are encouraged to keep a copy for their records.

Interrater Reliability Certification:

It is important to use GOLD® reliably, both to scaffold children’s learning and because your program administrator uses your data in some way for reporting purposes.  When you use assessment results to inform instructional decisions, accurate ratings enable you to choose effective teaching strategies. Teachers must complete IRR (Preschool, including dual language learners and children with disabilities) 30 days from FACE to FACE Training.    

To learn more about Early Childhood Assessment, please contact the Director of Innovative Projects & Assessment, Jeannie Allen, at (334) 224-3171 or by email at jean.allen@ece.alabama.gov.