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Red Bank Borough Schools 2010-2011 Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum Overview & Data Inventory

The Pre-K Tools of the Mind (T.O.M) Curriculum concentrates on children's development in two major areas: underlying cognitive skills and specific literacy skills. The specific learning goals in the Tools of the Mind curriculum include developing children's underlying cognitive skills such as cognitive self-regulation, focused attention, and deliberate memory. Child development research shows that these skills are critical to learning, both now and in the future. These skills help young children learn how to learn, to have positive social interactions with others, and to do well in school. These skills relate to the development of executive function. Another goal of the Tools of the Mind curriculum is to build children's foundational skills in literacy and mathematics. Research has found these skills predict reading and mathematics achievement in later grades. To assist teachers in providing individualized instruction that fits each child's own developmental path, Tools of the Mind emphasizes developmental trajectories. Tools instructional interactions are planned to scaffold each child and to help teachers be more effective in identifying specific teachable moments. A final goal of the Tools of the Mind curriculum is to develop children's social-emotional school readiness. Children need to learn more than just academic skills to be ready for school. They also must learn how to exercise emotional and behavioral self-control. Children must be capable of seeing another's perspective and feeling empathy. Most importantly, Tools of the Mind develops children's interest and motivation for learning

Preschool Assessment Data Inventory

Name of Data Source Dates of Collection Who has access to this data? How is this data currently used? The ESI-R is a developmental screening tool designed for children ages three to six. This screening is administered to individual children, and provides insight in to which children may need special education services. The inventory comprises two sample scoring sheets, one for preschool (ages 3-4) and one for kindergarten (ages 4-6), and a parent questionnaire. The inventory is intended to be individually. Key features of the ESI-R are: ease of learning and administration, time requirement of 15-20 minutes per child, and ease with which administrators can interpret and parents understand results. The measure covers the developmental areas of visual motor/adaptive, language and cognition, and gross motor skills. The inventory has been standardized and validated with 6,000 children and was found to be highly reliable and highly valid.

Audience

Early Screen InventoryRevised (ESI-R)

September and December

All Pre-K Students

Administrators Instructional Coaches Teachers Pre-School Intervention and Assistance Team

Work Sampling System

Fall, Winter, & Spring

All Pre-K Students

Administrators Instructional Coaches Teachers Pre-School Intervention and Assistance Team (PIRT)

The Work Sampling System (WSS) is an authentic performance based assessment designed to help teachers document and evaluate children's skills, knowledge, and behaviors using actual classroombased experiences, activities and products. As a "curriculum-embedded" assessment, Work Sampling helps teachers make instructional decisions in their classrooms by providing data on what their children are learning and how well they are learning by monitoring their social, emotional, physical, and academic progress. It is based on teachers' observations of students who are actively working and creating products within the context of their daily classroom experience, and is designed to provide meaningful feedback to teachers, administrators, students, and families.

Self Assessment Validation System (SAVS)

Spring

Pre-K

Administrators Instructional Coaches Teachers

The SAVS is designed to guide the school district through a systematic self-appraisal of its preschool program. School districts use the findings from the SAVS to develop improvement goals which are included in their "Two-Year Instructional Priorities Report".

Name of Data Source

Dates of Collection

Audience

Who has access to this data?

How is this data currently used? The MAC II Test of English Proficiency offers a comprehensive assessment of English language skills for non-native speakers of English. It assesses the skills needed to communicate in English. Results facilitate appropriate student placement.

State Assessment MAC II Test

June through August

Students exiting PreK

ESL Teachers Bilingual/ESL Coordinator

Lesson Planning Review

Weekly (nontenured) or bi-weekly (tenured)

Pre-K Teachers

All administrators

Lesson Plan data is used to determine curriculum fidelity, alignment between standards, curriculum, assessment and instructional practices and district initiatives. This may lead to curriculum revisions, instructional delivery adjustments, and to formative assessment focus. Master Teacher/Coaches and administrators review lesson plans on a weekly basis.

Informal and Formal Classroom Observations and Walkthrough's

On-going throughout the year

Pre-K Teachers

All administrators

Data derived from formal and informal classroom Walk-through's and observations are used to determine curriculum fidelity, alignment between standards, curriculum, assessment and instructional practices and district initiatives. This may lead to curriculum revisions, instructional delivery adjustments, and to formative assessment focus. Principals complete a report that summarizes findings. Report is shred and discussed with superintendent.

Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS)

Annually

Pre-K

Administrators Instructional Coaches Teachers

The ECERS is designed to assess group programs for children of preschool through kindergarten age, 2½ through 5, and provides an overall picture of the surroundings that have been created for the children and adults who share an early childhood setting. The ECERS consists of 43 items that assess the

quality of the early childhood environment including use of space, materials and experiences to enhance children's development, daily schedule, and supervision. ECERS covers seven categories: Personal Care Routines, Space and Furnishings, Language-Reasoning, Activities, Interactions, Program Structure, and Parents and Staff.

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