Educator Resources

Screening and Assessment

ESI-R Screening

Please contact Michael Greenberg at for access to the secure website which includes a timline and other valuable ESI-R information including directions on how to input ESI-R data.

Authentic Assessment

Authentic assessment systems are a formative collection of qualitative student data (i.e. student work, teacher notes) that measure student performance and progress across multiple academic disciplines along a continuum.  They help teachers monitor students' developmental progress over time while informing curriculum and instruction.
Authentic assessments are based on teacher observation notes and student work samples gathered in the context of everyday classroom activities and experiences.  This information is collected over time and across multiple domains of development, providing a comprehensive view of the child's learning and progress.  Published authentic assessment tools provide teachers with frameworks to:

  • Strategically collect observational data and student work samples
  • Analyze that information along a developmental continuum

In this way, published authentic assessments capture information about students' individual knowledge, skills, performances, and approaches to learning.  Teachers can use this information to monitor students' development over time and inform curriculum and instruction.

Commonly used published authentic assessment systems include Work Sampling System, Teaching Strategies GOLD, and High Scope Child Observation Record.

Work Sampling System

Work Sampling System ® (WSS) is a valid and reliable authentic assessment system available through OECE for grades pre-kindergarten to 3. For information on WSS, please visit the WSS page here 

Common Metric Project

DOE, ACS, and DOHMH are collaborating on the Common Metric Project in the 2012-13 school year. This project will link the most popular early childhood authentic assessment tools (The Work Sampling System, Teaching Strategies GOLD, High/Scope Child Observation Record) with the NYS Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. Over 400 CBO-based UPK teachers will be involved in supporting this groundbreaking research initiative.