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What are the features of curriculum and assessment indicators?+ Show

Fourty-one quality initiatives include indicators related to curriculum . The most common feature of curriculum indicators is alignment with early learning guidelines (73%). Other common features include: assessment results used to individualization curriculum (44%) and required training on curriculum (32%).  Half of states (51%) include other features of curriculum, such as information on written curriculum plans alignment with state standards.

The most common approved curricula for infants and toddlers were The High Scope Infant/Toddler Curriculum (20%) and the Creative Curriculum for Family Child Care (20%). The most common ones approved for preschoolers were Creative Curriculum for Preschool (24%) and The High Scope Preschool Curriculum (22%).

The most common feature of assessment indicators is use of child assessments to indivdualize curriculum (59%). The most commonly used assessment is Teaching Strategies-Gold Assessment (TS-Gold) (32%), followed by High/Scope Infant-Toddler Child Observation Record (COR) (17%), High/Scope Preschool Child Observation Record (COR) (17%), and Work Sampling System (WSS) (17%). Assessment tools other than what those listed previously were used by just under half of states (49%). These include assessments such as Early Learning Scale and HELP (Hawaii Early Learning Profile).