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
  • Data Collection Best Practices - Coming soon!
  • Reporting Best Practices - Coming soon!

 

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.

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
High-quality Programs: Using Strengths and Overcoming Barriers to Increase Kinder Readiness This webinar highlights PK programs from across the state who use high-quality instructional practices and are working to overcome barriers to support PK students in order to drive proficiency scores towards kinder readiness. There will be a Q&A session at the end of panel presentations.
ECDS Kindergarten Submission Office Hour This session details the Kindergarten ECDS submission process and provide an opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insights and have their questions answered directly by our team of program experts.
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
ECE Office Hour Office Hour session
TECPEDS for Teachers/Paraprofessionals TECPEDS for Teachers and Paraprofessionals
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.
Prekindergarten Guidelines Office Hours This session will allow people to ask any questions about the 2022 Prekindergarten guidelines.
Preparing for High-Quality Prekindergarten ECDS Submission Office Hour This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to ask questions about the upcoming PK data submission in ECDS.
Best practices in ECE: Prekindergarten Guide (Webinar 1 of 2) This webinar will highlight best practices in early childhood, specific to prekindergarten teachers through our new webpages on the TEA- early childhood website.
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.
High-Quality Prekindergarten Component: Data Reporting This session addresses the data reporting requirements of the high-quality prekindergarten program.
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.
Contact Information

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

Early Childhood Education Team Information