Early Childhood Assessment
GOLD Assessement

About GOLD 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.

An ongoing assessment process is essential for gathering information about children to better inform instruction, classroom practice, and observation. The GOLD Class Profile Report and the GOLD Documentation Status Report should be pulled weekly to intentionally plan teaching opportunities. Teachers are able to determine each child’s level of skills and abilities by consistently analyzing and evaluation observation notes and portfolio samples. Sufficient documentation should be collected to accurately support assessment of each individual child’s knowledge, skills, and abilities. The Department encourages teachers to have at least two (2) pieces of documentation in each objective to finalize the end of the checkpoint period.

2021-2022 Checkpoint Dates

Summer 2021 Checkpoint: July 16, 2021

Fall - October 22, 2021

Winter - February 18, 2022

Spring – May 20, 2022

Summer Learning Checkpoint Date - July 15, 2022

First Class Pre-K 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 this two weeks after receiving their TSGOLD username and password. A training certificate is issued at completion. Send PDF to coach/monitor. Teachers are encouraged to keep a copy for their records.

GOLD Training

We look forward to you joining the following trainings. Contact the Region Director, coach and/or monitor for the password to register for the following GOLD trainings. As soon as you receive your email confirmation, immediately click the red button that says “Go to online event page.” Follow prompts to log in to Eventbrite to receive event information and handouts for this training.  This must be done prior to the first session.

To contribute to a successful training and to support engagement, be mindful of the following norms:

  • Join event 3-5 minutes prior to start of session to check audio and video
  • Mute microphone upon entering the session
  • Once in session, type your name in chat box
  • To assist with engagement, keep video on during the training session. We realize there may be times that you have to close your camera; however, it should remain on as much as possible.
  • The training is designed for one person to one device. It is not conducive for multiple people to be in the same room with others that are on their devices.
  • Zoom gives a timestamp of when the participant enters the session and when they leave. To receive full credit, participants must be logged on the entire session time.


These training dates are subject to change. Please verify with your Region Director/coach and/or monitor. Please do not register in PowerSchool for trainings.  Training registration takes place through Eventbrite. Registration will not open until 30 days prior to the session. Sessions listed as blue hyperlinks are open for registration.


Combined Trainings (PK, P3)

GOLD® Using the Assessment Cycle to Strengthen Teaching & Learning
June 23
9:00 a. m. - 4:00 p. m.


Administrator GOLD Trainings


First Class Pre-K Trainings

IN PERSON GOLD® Platform/MyTeachingStrategies®  (Locations are Subject to Change until Open for Registration)

Region 1: July 12 & 13 9:00 - 4:00
Location: Teacher Training Center
14505 Market Street
Moulton, Alabama 35650

Region 2: July 14 & 15 9:00 - 4:00
Location: UAH Early Learning Center
4503 University Dr. NW
Huntsville, Alabama 35816

Region 3: July 19 & 20 9:00 - 4:00
Location: Shelton State Community College-C.A. Fredd Campus
Building 700
3401 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401

Region 4: July 21 & 22 9:00 - 4:00
Location: Jeff State Community College
Shelby-Hoover Campus
4600 Valleydale Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35242

Region 5: July 21 & 22 9:00 - 4:00
Location: UA Gadsden Center
121 North 1st Street
Gadsden, Alabama 35901

Region 6: July 19 & 20 9:00 - 4:00
Location: Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education
445 Dexter Avenue, Suite 2050
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Region 7: July 12 & 13 9:00 - 4:00
Location: Baldwin County Board of Education
Loxley Satellite Office
1091 B Avenue
Loxley, Alabama 36551

Region 8: July 12 & 13 9:00 - 4:00
Location: Dothan City Early Education Center
1665 Honeysuckle Road
Dothan, Alabama 36305


VIRTUAL GOLD® Platform/MyTeachingStrategies®

Session A: VIRTUAL GOLD® Platform/MyTeachingStrategies®
July 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Session B: VIRTUAL GOLD® Platform/MyTeachingStrategies®
July 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Session C: VIRTUAL GOLD® Platform/MyTeachingStrategies®
July 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Session D: VIRTUAL GOLD® Platform/MyTeachingStrategies®
July 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Introduction to Ready Rosie

August 1st Session A: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT

August 1st Session B: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT

August 2nd Session A: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a. m. CT

August 2nd Session B: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CT

August 2nd Session C: 12:00 p. m. - 3:00 p.m. CT

August 2nd Session D: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT

August 3rd Session 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT


PreK-3 Trainings

VIRTUAL GOLD® Platform/MyTeachingStrategies®

P3  2022 VIRTUAL GOLD  Platform Training
July  18
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p. m.

P3 2022 VIRTUAL GOLD  Platform Training
July  25
8:00 a. m. - 3:00 p. m.

GOLD Platform Training Handouts

Creative Curriculum Cloud Resources

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) 314-0023 or by email at jean.allen@ece.alabama.gov.