Data-Driven Instruction Best Practices

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) developed this collection of resources with the goal of empowering educators to use data to drive instruction and support early learners. The online modules, training sessions, and materials provide best practices for working with state-approved reading instrument data.

By making these targeted resources available, TEA aims to increase assessment literacy and data utilization among prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers across Texas. The resources assist educators in understanding assessment requirements, implementing reading instruments properly, analyzing results, and using data to inform teaching.

Data-Driven Instructional Best Practices (DDBIP) Modules

The following asynchronous modules developed by the Early Childhood Assessment Support (ECAS) Initiative are based on the Commissioner-approved kindergarten reading instruments.

Purpose

This library of free resources helps local education agencies and Texas stakeholders understand the purpose and usefulness of the approved reading instruments. The modules provide best practices for using the tools and data obtained from them.

Key Features

The DDIBP modules are on-demand, easily accessible, research-based, and available free of charge. The video-based modules are organized by topic to support the ongoing implementation of the Commissioner-approved kindergarten reading instruments.

  • Purpose of Reading Instruments - The goals for this module are to understand the purpose of reading instruments, look at the characteristics of reading instruments, and understand the collection of data with the reading instruments.
  • Administering Kindergarten Reading Instruments with Fidelity - The goals for this module are to review reading instrument norms, recommend training for the reading instruments, and share how to complete fidelity checks at the district and/or campus levels. The following resources can be found within the module:
    • Fidelity Checklist for Campus Test Administrators
    • Sample Fidelity Checklist QuickSheet (Campus Assessment Observation)
    • Fidelity Checklist for Campus Leaders
  • Using Kindergarten Reading Instruments to Progress Monitor - The goals for this module are to understand progress monitoring and to determine how to progress monitor using reading instruments in kindergarten.
  • Using Reading Instruments as Dyslexia Screeners- The goals for this module are to understand how reading instruments can be used as dyslexia screeners and next steps on determining a systems-level process for dyslexia screening using the Commissioner-approved Reading Instruments.
  • Using the Assessment-Instructional Cycle with Kindergarten Reading Instruments - The goal for this topic is to understand how to use data from the Kindergarten Reading Instruments with the Assessment-Instructional Cycle. 

Upcoming Webinars and Office Hours

The list below shows upcoming professional learning sessions, Office Hours, and/or webinars. Each session has a registration link available.
Title Session Date and Time Registration or Session Link
Prekindergarten 3 Office Hour https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAldequqD0qGdXt4JRvDOKXPE0V4d8wsazD#/…
High-Quality Prekindergarten Webinar https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrc-mtqjwiHdMyGcFKKdcouLKXYd89Iyly#/…
High-Quality Prekindergarten- Teacher Qualifications Webinar https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwudOigqjMqHdMULUu-qJ3Ej1to6hpsBG4e#/…
Family Engagement Open Office Hours https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvfuCprDgiGNQgr3cu-Vd24WAYsP4CG5NK
Prekindergarten Registration and Enrollment Webinar https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIoc-qvrj8oE9HktKalYQkp-DI_QSPpvYhE#/…

Recorded Webinars and Office Hours

You can access recorded professional learning sessions, Office Hours, and/or webinars. The list is setup with the most recent sessions at the top.
Title Description Session Date and Time
Early Childhood Data Submission Webinar District EC Program Staff and other staff who supports submission of data into ECDS
Prekindergarten Enrollment Toolkit Webinar District EC Program Staff and other staff who supports prekindergarten registration and enrollment
Aligning Technology to Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Settings Aligning Technology to Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Settings
Financial Modeling Resources for Prekindergarten Partnerships Resources for Prekindergarten Partnerships Financial Modeling
Prekindergarten Partnership Webinar This webinar will cover general prekindergarten partnership information for local education agencies (districts and charter schools), who are partnering or would like to implement partnerships.
Best Practices in ECE: Kindergarten Guide — Learning Environments (Webinar 2 of 2) Kindergarten Guide: Learning Environments
Best Practices in ECE: Administrator Guide (Webinar 1 of 1) ECE Administrator Guide
Best Practices in ECE: Prekindergarten Guide — Learning Environments (Webinar 2 of 2) Prekindergarten Guide: Learning Environments
High-Quality Prekindergarten Teacher Qualifications Webinar High-Quality Prekindergarten Teacher Qualifications Webinar
Best Practices in ECE: Kindergarten Guide (Webinar 1 of 2) Kindergarten Guide
Best Practices in ECE: Prekindergarten Guide Webinar 1 of 2 Best Practices in ECE: Prekindergarten Guide Webinar 1 of 2
TECPDS for Administrators This webinar will discuss the benefits and how-tos of using TECPDS as an Administrator who supports early childhood educators.
Early Childhood Data System (ECDS) Assessment Submission Guidance This session provides information regarding the data submission to ECDS for PK and K.
High-Quality Prekindergarten Components: Student Progress Monitoring This session provides information about the HQPK Student Progress Monitoring requirement and how to meet it.
High-Quality Prekindergarten Components: Curriculum This session provides information regarding the HQPK Curriculum requirement and how to meet it.
ECE Office Hours: Prekindergarten Partnerships This session includes discussion of components of prekindergarten partnerships.
High-Quality Prekindergarten Component: Teacher:Student Ratio This session provides information regarding the HQPK Teacher:Student ratio and how to meet it.
Prekindergarten 101 This session provides an overview of Prekindergarten topics, including student eligibility, HQPK, partnerships, etc.
Prekindergarten Registration and Enrollment This session covers prekindergarten registration and enrollment including eligibility information and prekindergarten tuition.
Prekindergarten 3 Webinar and Comparison Resources
Prekindergarten Partnerships Informational Video
High-Quality Prekindergarten Component: Family Engagement

Other Resources

The list below shows a variety of downloadable resources and links to external resources that support Early Childhood Education.
Title Description
Commissioner's Report on the High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant
Act Early Texas Developmental Screener
Children's Learning Institute (CLI) Engage Platform
Family Guide: 2nd Grade
Family Guide: Kindergarten
Family Guide: 1st Grade
Family Guide: Prekindergarten 4-Year-Old
Family Guide: Prekindergarten 3-Year-Old
CLI Engage BOY Assessment Resources PK-2nd Grade
Vertical Alignment Documents
Early Childhood Program Self-Assessments program self-assessments prekindergarten through second grade
Earning a Child Development Associate (CDA) Through Career and Technical Education (CTE) Offers advice for Local Education Agencies that want to prepare high school students for a career in early childhood education by using existing CTE Programs of Study to help students obtain a nationally recognized CDA credential.
Commissioner's List of Approved Prekindergarten Progress Monitoring Instruments (2024-25 through 2026-27) Pre-k Commissioner's List 2024-25 through 2026-27
Prekindergarten Enrollment Social Media Resources resources to support social media campaigns focused on PK registration
Contact Information

Early Childhood Education Support Portal
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1401

Early Childhood Education Team Information