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National Head Start Portrait of Child Outcomes for 2012-2013

Progress Toward School Readiness

TUCSON, AZ/November 19, 2013--Assessment Technology Incorporated (ATI) released a research brief summarizing research on the Head Start Portrait of Child Outcomes (Portrait) a collaborative initiative between ATI and Head Start.

The Portrait enables Head Start programs to join together, pool their data, and share information about children's learning and development. The Head Start community, researchers, policy-makers, and the public are then provided with a continuous portrait of outcomes reflecting children's learning throughout the program year.

Portrait data for children 3- through 5-years-old were recorded online by Head Start programs as part of ongoing multi-method observational assessments that helped inform decision-making related to goal setting, planning, and the provision of learning opportunities. Portrait data reveals the progress of Head Start children in the various developmental domains comprising the Head Start Child Development and Learning Framework.

The role of ATI is to continuously analyze and aggregate data gathered by programs and provide a dynamic report that can be generated for each Galileo® assessment scale.

The study revealed that participating Head Start programs in 25 states conducted ongoing multi-method observational assessments throughout the 2012-2013 program year. The sample that contributed to the results included 26,960 children for whom at least one observation had been conducted in the first half of the program year (i.e., between July 31, 2012 and December 31, 2012) and at least one observation had been conducted in the second half of the program year (i.e., between January 1, 2013 and June 1, 2013).

Children in Head Start programs using Galileo Pre-K Online displayed substantial growth on the G3 School Readiness Scale throughout the 2012-2013 program year as evidenced by an increase in the average Developmental Level (DL) score from the first half to the second half of the year. As the DL score increases, children are able to perform progressively more difficult tasks.

This increased ability is evidenced in the number of school readiness capabilities children had mastered during the first and second half of the year. In the first half of the year, the majority of children were classified as "Beginning" or "Intermediate" while in the second half of the year the majority of children were classified as "Intermediate" or "Advanced." This change in the achievement levels of children demonstrates the substantial positive impact that Head Start programs using Galileo Pre-K Online had on child mastery of school readiness goals representing precursors to the Common Core Kindergarten Standards.

The brief was written by Sarah Callahan, Ph.D., Research Scientist with ATI, located in Tucson, Arizona.

About the Portrait:
This study utilizes the Portrait to evaluate the progress of Head Start children throughout the 2012-2013 program year towards mastery of the capabilities included in the Galileo G3 School Readiness Scale for children 3 through 5 years. The G3 School Readiness Scale is a reporting tool containing 88 capabilities from the Galileo G3 assessment scales for 3 through 5 years. This scale reflects the essential capabilities for preschool-age children transitioning into kindergarten and is organized into five knowledge areas: Cognition and General Knowledge, Language and Literacy, Approaches to Learning, Social and Emotional Development, and Physical Development and Health. Read the full research brief.

About Assessment Technology Incorporated:
Assessment Technology Incorporated through Galileo Pre-K Online provides preschool educators and other stakeholders a complete assessment, curriculum, and reporting system that links planning, individualization, outcome documentation, and program enhancement. One of the first to offer educators online assessment and curriculum tools, Galileo is built on the principles of science, supported by a commitment to research, and guided by a vision that everyone should benefit from the opportunities and transformations of technology. For more information, visit the ATI website.

CONTACT: Jody E. Jepson, ATI Senior Communications Coordinator, jody@ati-online.com