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The Research Pilot application window is closed for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please check back in the Spring of 2016 for updates.

ProLADR

[APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED]

The Profile of Preschool Learning and Development Readiness (Pro-LADR) is an authentic assessment suite designed to ensure school-readiness across a range of learning domains developmentally significant in early childhood.

The ProLADR is intended to complement the standardized myIGDIs measures and encourage a more comprehensive evaluation of child development, involving teacher observation and targeting a broad range of skills.

Developmental Domains

  • Social & Emotional
  • Language & Literacy
  • Cognitive
  • Physical & Motor
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Creativity and the Arts

Why should I consider using ProLADR?

ProLADR is a comprehensive child assessment for children in preschool and preschool-like settings the two years prior to kindergarten entry.

The ProLADR is a teacher/caregiver rating scale grounded in a series of semi-structured observations that produces child-level and child-specific information.

The purpose of ProLADR is to allow teachers & caregivers to gather information about each child’s development across settings through intentional individualized and ongoing observations, and to use that information to inform instructional planning and communicate with families about their child’s development.

What does this study entail?

This study will occur during the 2015-2016 academic year. The study will occur for an entire year and require three data collection periods: fall, winter and spring. Participants will be required to send all scoring materials each season to the Early Learning Labs research team for input and analysis. Partner sites will be required to obtain consent forms for all student participants based on the requirements of each participating district or program.

How do I get started?

If you believe your classroom or program is an ideal candidate for this study we encourage you to fill out the application form and submit it for review. Sites will be selected in early summer and trainings will be scheduled for August and September. Once trained, sites will collect data in three seasonal windows (fall, winter and spring) for the 2015-2016 academic year.

FAQs

Why participate in the pilot?

This is an exclusive opportunity with significant benefits.

  • Free, Pro-LADR materials
  • 8-hour training series (which will complete your required Parent Aware training on use of a child assessment)
  • Meets Parent Aware standards for your assessment needs
  • Be involved with the early research & development of Pro-LADR
  • Quick, easy and teacher-friendly assessment tools

What is the research status of ProLADR?

We are currently seeking pilot sites to participate in our Year 2 evaluation study.

Is Pro-LADR Parent Aware approved?

Yes! As of March 2014, Pro-LADR has been approved by Parent Aware as a stand-alone assessment.

See the complete list of approved tools.

P3-IGDI

[APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED]

The intent of this study is to develop and test a set of early language & literacy measures for monitoring the development of P3 children (or 3/4 year olds). These measures are designed using the same evidence-based process present in the myIGDIs Early Literacy+ measures for 4/5 year olds, however, for this study, items will be designed exclusively for use with 3/4 year olds, or the PreK-3 year (P3). The measures being developed/tested include:

  • Picture Naming (Oral Language)
  • Sound Identification (Alphabet Knowledge)
  • Alliteration/First Sounds (Phonological awareness)

Why should I consider using the P3-IGDIs?

At present, the Early Literacy+ IGDIs are designed only for use in the year before Kindergarten (P4). Given many early childhood centers, programs and sites include 3 year-olds, 4 year-olds, and 5 year olds, adequate methods for screening early literacy and language performance for 3 and 4 year olds in the P3 year are needed. By using the P3-IGDIs, programs can more accurately assess young students’ abilities on three targeted skill sets. The three measures selected for administration will be given the P3 year to calculate student ability levels and thereby use results to inform the construction of screening sets for the P3 population in future studies.

What does this study entail?

This study will occur during the 2015-2016 academic year. The study will occur for an entire year and require three data collection periods: fall, winter and spring, with 30 item sets of P3-IGDI materials. Results will be used to determine which items are best suited for use with 3 year olds and to what degree item sets can accurately produce ability scores for students. Results will be shared with all partner sites in normative reports that illustrate student ability levels and those candidates in the 0-25th percentile, as candidates for intervention within a multi-tiered system of support. Participants will be required to send all scoring materials each season to the Early Learning Labs research team for input and analysis. Partner sites will be required to obtain consent forms for all student participants based on the requirements of each participating district or program.

Ideal participant classrooms for this study will have:

  • At least 10 3-or-4 year old students in the P3 year (2 years before Kindergarten).
  • Capacity to give seasonal assessments for each student and collect item level information.
  • Capacity to send score sheets in seasonal sets to Early Learning Labs’ offices for entry.
  • Capacity to send home and collect necessary additional forms including parent surveys, longitudinal tracking forms and teacher surveys.

How do I get started?

If you believe your classroom or program is an ideal candidate for this study we encourage you to fill out the application form and submit it for review. Sites will be selected in early summer and trainings will be scheduled for August and September. Once trained, sites will collect data in three seasonal windows (fall, winter and spring) for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Progress Monitoring

[APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED]

Dr. Scott McConnell, a professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota and one of the creators of myIGDIs, is leading a team of researchers who are working to develop progress monitoring measures on preschool-aged children’s oral language development. We need teachers who are willing to give children a longer form of specific myIGDIs tasks five times over the course of 12 weeks. The results of the study will help us learn how children’s skills develop during preschool, and how best to identify and assist children who may need additional support for learning.

Why participate?

There are many benefits to participation! Participating teachers will have access to the progress monitoring data to track children’s individual growth in oral language development, you’ll be able to see exactly how the children you collect data on are doing. In addition, for each child that completes the study, teachers are entered into a drawing to win money for classroom supplies, with first place receiving $300, and two second place recipients receiving $100 for classroom supplies.

How much time will this take?

We anticipate that each individual administration will take 3-5 minutes, children who are taking two myIGDIs tasks will take 6-10 minutes to assess. Children will be administered their myIGDIs task five times over the course of 12 weeks. In addition, teachers will need to collect informed consent from parents of children who will be participating in the study and enter parent completed demographic and birth data into the progress monitoring system to receive access to the measures for each student.

How do I identify students?

Students who participate in the study must be proficient in two or more myIGDIs tasks, speak English, and be at least four years of age at the beginning of the study.

How do I participate?

First, we want to make certain that this study fits both with the demands of your classroom program, and is appropriate for you to conduct in your building. To this end, we ask you to carefully consider two issues: First, do you have the time and resources to conduct five assessments over 12 weeks for each student you enroll? We think each assessment will take about 6-10 minutes, and can be completed any time during the school day – but some regularity (for instance, every third Tuesday you’ll be scheduled to complete assessment. In your judgment, is that possible?

Second, we encourage you to determine if your principal, program leader, or other administrator will need to be informed of this study, and to provide permission for your participation. We have sent a brief email to the principal or supervisor of your program, and hope you will contact this individual and discuss the study if that is necessary.

How do I get started?

If you believe your classroom or program is an ideal candidate for this study we encourage you to fill out this very brief online form. Completing this form does not obligate or guarantee your participation. By submitting this form, you are simply granting permission to release your name and email address to the research team. They will follow up in June and again in late August. Thanks for your interest in our planned Progress Monitoring study!

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