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myIGDIs Awarded Department of Education Phase I SBIR Grant

May 31, 2016
The Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences has awarded Early Learning Labs, Inc. a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to develop a prototype iPad application of a screening assessment for preschool age children who are Spanish-English Dual Language Learners (SE-DLL). The application will support improved data-based decision making in classrooms that include SE-DLLs, the fastest growing minority population in the nation.

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myIGDIs Launches New Early Literacy & Social-Emotional Assessments for Pre-K Educators

May 25, 2016
Early Learning Labs, Inc. today announced the launch of two new Pre-K assessment offerings aimed towards helping Pre-K educators identify struggling learners and helping them get back on track towards the goal of Kindergarten readiness.

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Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) identifies IGDIs as a top-rated early childhood assessment systems

November 25, 2015
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has released the findings of its review of early childhood online assessment systems for the state. Two systems developed by the University of Minnesota’s Department of Educational Psychology faculty and researchers were identified as top-rated tools.

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South Carolina approves myIGDIs as Readiness Assessment

June 26, 2015
South Carolina legislation has recently selected myIGDIs as an approved Readiness Assessment for preschool programs in the state. For district-leaders in the state of South Carolina, please click below for more information on myIGDIs & Fall implementation planning.

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Kansas Preschool Programs using myIGDIs for Multi-tiered System of Supports

March 3, 2015
To ensure young children are reaching important achievement standards and school readiness goals, the Kansas Preschool Programs (KPP) are integrating structures necessary for implementing a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS).

The Kansas MTSS framework is based on a systematic, evidence-based approach to curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices for influencing positive educational outcomes. Working within this framework, the Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS), a program of the Kansas University Life Span Institute at Parsons, initiated training to reinforce assessment, planning, and intentional instruction by the KPP.

“Our goal is to support educators at the classroom, school and program level working together to inform instruction and make data-based decisions for improving programs as a whole and educational outcomes for individual children,” says David Lindeman, Ph.D., Kansas University, KITS Director.

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Los Angeles schools implement countywide tiered-intervention model

November 4, 2014
Since 2010, Los Angeles County Office of Education’s (LACOE) Head Start-State Preschool Division has used myIGDIs as both a screener and progress-monitoring tool to identify 4-year-olds who would benefit from additional early literacy support, particularly in the areas of oral language and phonological awareness.

Through the county’s experimental pilot of a preschool Response-to-Intervention framework, they have been able to monitor the effectiveness of their early literacy intervention program and refine their model for Head Start programs moving forward. In 2016, LACOE plans to use the new edition of myIGDIs to begin monitoring the refined early literacy and early numeracy components of their RtI program.

This year, LACOE will be implementing an innovative tiered model of intervention across all 16 of its delegate agencies, focusing to ensure young children are socially and emotionally prepared.

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Iowa schools to use Univ of Minnesota-developed early literacy and reading assessment tools

July 16, 2013
In partnership with Early Learning Labs, the University of Minnesota has signed an agreement with the Iowa Department of Education to provide universal screening and progress monitoring assessments for reading achievement from pre-kindergarten through grade six. As part of the agreement, two sets of assessment tools developed by U of M researchers, one for preschool programs and another for elementary grades, will be implemented by Iowa teachers statewide starting in the 2013-2014 academic school year.

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University of Minnesota officially announces Early Learning Labs

May 2, 2012
The University of Minnesota recently launched Early Learning Labs, which will offer a suite of tools for monitoring ongoing growth and development of preschool children. The suite, coined myIGDIs, is a combination of a test kit and assessment system as well as a web-based management and reporting framework designed for schools, teachers, and early childhood specialists.

The myIGDIs assessment measures (Individual Growth and Development Indicators) are based on 15 years of research on the measurement of essential skills in preschool children. The measures provide both periodic “snapshots” and a measure of growth over time in a child’s early literacy development. The assessment tools require little technical knowledge or training to administer, and teachers can track results over time. Researchers hope the assessment will ensure children in need of individual attention in school will get it. Early Learning Labs is the first U of M company to originate from research at the College of Education and Human Development.

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