Dear Kindergarten Families,
During the month of September, all Kindergarten teachers participated in training to learn how to use a new formative assessment tool called Teaching Strategies GOLD. Newton, like many districts across the state, is part of an initiative called the Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA). This is a collaboration of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and is part of the federal Race to the Top/Early Learning Challenge Grant.
Teaching Strategies GOLD uses observational data, collected over time, to monitor students’ approaches to learning and play as well as social and emotional skills. This year, teachers will be collecting data in the fall and again in the spring to measure students’ growth in two domains: social/emotional (regulates emotions and behaviors; establishes and sustains positive relationships; and participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations) and cognitive (demonstrates positive approaches to learning; remembers and connects experiences; uses classification skills; and uses symbols to represent something that is not present). We are looking forward to join with colleagues across the state in this initiative to ensure that all students have a successful kindergarten experience, and look forward to sharing our work with you as the year progresses.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Cynthia Paris Jefferies, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education at 617-559-6105 or Mary Eich, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at 617-559-6125.