Children’s Progress: US Department of Education – IES Overview

Children’s Progress was founded in 1999 at Columbia University
. This is where the dynamic pedagogical approach of the
Children’s Progress Academic Assessment was conceived. The team worked with MIT to design patented assessment technologies to make this dynamic
Pre K to 3 math and literacy assessment come to life. After a few years of development and testing, Children’s Progress received funding from the Institute of
Education Sciences at the US Department of Education to build and expand its products. Today, hundreds of thousands of students and teachers nationwide use Children’s Progress
products to meet early childhood assessment and instructional needs. So how exactly does Children’s Progress make a difference for educators and students? Meet Jane. Jane is a kindergarten teacher. Her mission:
to help each of her students succeed! Jane met with her instructional team to plan for the year. With mounting pressures and a slew of responsibilities, they agreed in order to identify students at risk and differentiate instruction to meet everyone’s needs they first need to figure out where each student is starting out
and use that information to plan specific instructional next steps… But How? What’s the best way to get that diagnostic information? Jane could give a paper & pencil test. But is that developmentally appropriate in the early grades? She could evaluate students one-on-one, but that takes too long, and covers only
a small portion of the concepts she needs to teach. She could use informal assessment. Well, she already does, but record-keeping is a challenge and she still needs to find time to plan next steps. How about the computer-based assessment her district uses in older grades? But that looks
and feels just like a paper & pencil test, but on a computer. There’s got to be a better way. Jane heard about Children’s Progress from a friend at a neighboring district. Jane shared this with her team and they decided
to give Children’s Progress a try. Now, Jane can finally use a single assessment for a
broad range of literacy and math concepts. All of the content is also available in Spanish for her English Language Learners. She can assess her whole class in under 35 minutes. Students see questions appropriate and challenging for them and when they answer incorrectly, the assessment analyzes mistakes and provides targeted scaffolding. They’re engaged and excited to show what they know. And Jane can see her reports right away — anytime, anywhere including class summaries, student groupings, specific recommended activities, detailed narratives and progress. The reports tell her exactly how each student performed, how that student is
progressing toward end-of-year standards and what she can do about it. During grade level meetings, administrators use Children’s Progress data to identify resource needs, coaches use
it to plan pull-out sessions and Jane shares ideas with other teachers. During parent conferences, Jane now backs up her observations with diagnostic information and
gives parents a list of fun educational activities to try at home. Jane is excited to finally concentrate on what she does best:
Not writing, administering and grading tests, but TEACHING! And those high stakes exams? No problem. With Children’s Progress, the team
is prepared to get everyone on track well before 3rd grade. Through continued projects with IES, Children’s Progress works to expand its products and
services to help teachers like Jane in the US and abroad. To learn more about Children’s Progress and how we’re changing early education, go to

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