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What are the features of curriculum and assessment indicators?

Thirty-six states include indicators related to curriculum in their QRIS.  The most common feature of curriculum indicators is alignment with early learning guidelines (68%).  Other features include: assessment results used to individualize curriculum (35%) and required training on curriculum (33%).  Half of states (50%) include other features of curriculum, like, 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 (18%). The most common ones approved for preschoolers were Creative Curriculum for Preschool (25%) and The High Scope Preschool Curriculum (23%).

The most common feature across the 36 QRIS with assessment indicators  is use of child assessments to guide curriculum planning (55%). The most commonly used assessment is Teaching Strategies-Gold Assessment (TS-Gold) (30%), followed by High/Scope Infant-Toddler Child Observation Record (COR) (20%) and High/Scope Preschool Child Observation Record (COR) (20%). Assessment tools other than what those listed previously were used by just under half of states (48%). These include assessments such as Early Learning Scale and HELP (Hawaii Early Learning Profile).