Screening and Assessment

ESI-R Screening

Please contact Medo Soliman for access to the secure website, which includes a timeline and  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

The NYCDOE requires all Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) programs to use a developmentally-appropriate, valid, and reliable authentic assessment system to monitor student progress and individualized instruction. Three authentic assessment options have been approved by the NYCDOE; you should review the three options listed below, decide which system your program will use, and complete this online form to indicate your selection.

These options are all available on paper and online. If you would prefer to use an authentic assessment system that is not listed here or have other questions, please email Medo Soliman

Student Record Transfer Process
In an effort to support smooth transitions from Pre-K for All program settings into elementary school, the NYCDOE requires that authentic assessment developmental summary reports be included in each student’s cumulative folder as a part of the Student Record Transfer Process. This process is outlined in the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Regulations, Section 151-1 and helps provide kindergarten teachers with a more complete understanding of incoming students’ strengths and the supports that they may need. Students’ record transfer files should be submitted to your school’s designated Operations team, at your corresponding Early Childhood Field Office by June 19, 2015.  

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Early Childhood Environment Rating Scales – Revised (ECERS-R)
The ECERS-R is an observational tool used to assess early childhood learning environments across six areas: Language-Reasoning, Space and Furnishings, Personal Care Routines, Activities, Interaction, and Program Structure. For more information about the ECERS-R, please see the ECERS-R Frequently Asked Questions or the recorded webinar, “Introduction to the Environment Rating Scales – ECERS-R”. For any other questions, please contact Lauren Meyer at

Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
The CLASS is an observational tool that focuses on the effectiveness of classroom interactions between teachers and children across three broad domains: Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support. For more information about the CLASS, please see the CLASS Frequently Asked Questions or contact Lauren Meyer at