2023 NC Child Care Commission Approved Formative Assessments
It is recommended that NC Pre-Kindergarten programs use the GOLD formative assessment in order to most easily participate in the transition to kindergarten project providing child development data to kindergarten teachers; however, programs may use any formative assessment tool that has been approved by the NC Child Care Commission. All NC Pre-K teachers are required to document child growth and development data from the Spring/Final Checkpoint in the MyTeachingStrategies® platform regardless of which formative assessment tool is selected.
The below list is the approved list of formative assessments for birth to four-year-old classrooms.
Balanced Assessment Evidence of Learning Portfolio
Primrose Schools® Franchising Company, 2021
Approved for use in Primrose Schools® with the stipulation that it is used with the Balanced Learning® curriculum and that teachers must use the formative assessment to inform planning.
Cognitive Toolbox, Inc.®, 2021
Approved with the stipulation that only observation-based tools are used with children under three- years-old.
High Scope Educational Research Foundation, 2014
Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP)
California Department of Education, 2015
Galileo Pre-K Online
Assessment Technology, Inc., 2012-2017
Teaching Strategies, Inc. 2010-2011
Learning Care System
Learning Care Group
Approved with the stipulation that it is used with Learning Care Group curricula in Learning Care Group early childhood education programs.
Meaningful Assessment and Planning Process (MAPP)
Bright Horizons, 2021
Approved for use with the World At Their Fingertips curriculum in Bright Horizons early childhood programs.
Mother Goose Time Formative Assessment
Experience Early Learning™, Published annually
Approved for use with Mother Goose Time curriculum.
Preschool Child Observation Record (COR), 2d Edition
HighScope Press, 2003
The Creative Curriculum® Developmental Continuum for Ages 3-5
Teaching Strategies, Inc., 2001
The InvestiGator Club® Just for Threes Assessment and Intervention System
Robert-Leslie Publishing, The Early Childhood Company®, 2022
Approved for use with The Investigator Club Just for Threes Learning System.
The InvestiGator Club® Pre-Kindergarten Assessment and Intervention System, NC Edition
Robert-Leslie Publishing, The Early Childhood Company®, 2012-2017 and 2022
Approved for use with The Investigator Club® Prekindergarten Learning System, NC Edition.
Work Sampling System® Preschool - 4, 4th Edition
Work Sampling System®, 5th Edition Pearson, Inc., 2013
Approved with the stipulation that programs purchase the P-3 and P-4 Combined Classroom Kit.
This list does not constitute an endorsement of any program using an approved formative assessment.