Data Driven Instruction Best Practices
In addition to the numerous Prekindergarten through 2nd grade assessment related resources in the lists below, TEA has partnered with the Region 4 Education Service Center to provide additional support of the mandated kindergarten beginning-of-year literacy screener, as well as the early childhood assessments on the Commissioner-approved lists. The purpose of this grant is not to replace current services provided by Education Service Centers or assessment vendors, but rather to find other areas that would assist LEAs with successful implementation of assessment tools on the Commissioner-approved lists, including a Kindergarten Assessment tool. This page will provide upcoming services related to the Early Childhood Assessment Support (ECAS) Initiative. This initiative was created as a result of House Bill 3 to support districts and open-enrollment charters with the grant project goals:
- Creating awareness of assessment requirements and tool selection/adoption
- Supporting implementation of assessments with fidelity
- Supporting use of data to drive instruction
- Supporting data submission
The initiative has expanded to support various TEA early childhood assessment projects, including providing support to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and Education Service Centers (ESCs) with Prekindergarten through 2nd grade assessments, as they relate to the grant goals listed above.
23-24 Early Childhood Assessment Support (ECAS) Initiative Training Opportunities
We have partnered with Commissioner-approved assessment vendors to offer grant-funded sessions to support the training needs of LEAs. These trainings are grant-funded and offered to all LEAs across Texas, free-of-charge.
ECAS Office Hours
To support any questions or concerns regarding the Kindergarten Literacy Screeners, or other early childhood assessment on the Commissioner-approved lists, you can schedule a one-on-one meeting with a member of the Early Childhood Assessment Support (ECAS) Team at your convenience. You can sign up with this Registration Link.
Please visit the Early Childhood Assessment (ECAS) Initiative website for more details.
Upcoming Webinars and Office Hours
|Title||Session Date and Time||Registration or Session Link|
|Preparing for High-Quality Prekindergarten ECDS Submission Office Hour||https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwscOytrD0iGd0GGgovoNulNfzUxlikTiMX#/…|
|Prekindergarten Guidelines Office Hours||https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqdu6trT8pHtJAd-N9mSZQkA0FhczkcmJ6#/…|
|Best practices in ECE: Administrator Guide (Webinar 1 of 1)||https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tviK-3-OSWiPm33QgPtqsQ|
|Best practices in ECE: Kindergarten Guide (Webinar 1 of 2)||https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xv_xI-aISWGarU2U451eiw|
|Best practices in ECE: Prekindergarten Guide- Learning Environments (Webinar 2 of 2)||https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8OI6zmfHSneOaJhT_IcFYg|
|Best practices in ECE: Kindergarten Guide- Learning Environments (Webinar 2 of 2)||https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_99yfDFy1QsaZdSITdGJD-A|
|Prekindergarten Guidelines Office Hours||https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsd-morDguGdIpvpQR-l3-jSoXqV2gW75a#/…|