Extension - Early Childhood Data System (ECDS)

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July 30, 2014


Subject: Extension - Early Childhood Data System (ECDS) and Compliance with Kindergarten Reading Assessment Data Submission (TEC §28.006) 

The Early Childhood Data System (ECDS) formerly known as the Kindergarten Readiness System (KRS) is a new state reporting feature in the Texas Student Data System (TSDS). The ECDS will be used to collect early childhood data to inform school districts, communities, and early childhood programs about the effectiveness of pre-kindergarten programs in preparing children for success in kindergarten under Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.161. ECDS will be introduced in a two-phased approach. In phase one, required kindergarten data will be submitted from June 1, 2014 with a new closing date of August 31, 2014, and in phase two, voluntary prekindergarten data will be submitted from August 1 - October 31, 2014.

If you have additional questions about the policy requirements of TEC, §28.006, please contact Howard Morrison, statewide coordinator for early childhood education, via email at howard.morrison@tea.texas.gov. All technical questions should be submitted via the TSDS Incident Management System (TIMS), available within the ECDS application. The data entry process is listed in the original To The Administrator Addressed Letter that posted on May 14, 2014. 




Monica Martinez
Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs