Move Beyond Measurement:
Drive Differentiated, Effective Instruction.

 

Inform instruction without disruption by embedding authentic,
observation-based assessment into each part of your day.

Formative Assessment
Made Easy for Teachers

Capture Observations in the Moment

With GOLD®, assessment is an authentic part of instruction, not a disruption. Embedded in your everyday interactions with children in the classroom or at home, formative assessment is an effortless, organic part of your teaching day. You can easily capture, organize and store notes, photos, videos, and digital samples of children’s work in the moment to make observations authentic, objective, and easy to remember.

Understand Each Child’s Needs Based on Developmentally Appropriate Milestones

The assessment model used in GOLD® follows widely held expectations for children birth through third grade and enables a whole-child approach to assessment. Color-coded progressions guide teachers toward selecting and adapting activities that support each child’s development and learning. Meaningful reports inform classroom practices and individualized instruction.

 
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Connect the Dots Between Curriculum
and Assessment

Automatically connect assessment data and observation capabilities with daily instructional resources, creating an instantaneous and ongoing feedback loop of information to individualize learning and empower teachers to capture observations in the moment.

 

Strengthen Family Partnerships

Engage family members with family observations, family-facing learning resources, and two-way communication. Teachers can seamlessly integrate family observations into their documentation to inform checkpoint ratings whether in a traditional classroom or distance learning setting.

 

GOLD® helps us to also look at each child as a whole. We really like the reports. They are parent-friendly and make it easy to show where their child is and where we want to see them by the end of year. GOLD® is very easy to use and doesn’t take a ton of time.”

Heather McGraw | PreK Teacher, Acadia Academy | Lewiston, Maine

Formative Assessment
Made Powerful for Administrators

Aligned to Your Early Learning Standards

GOLD® aligns to early learning guidelines in each state and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, so you can demonstrate that your program is meeting all requirements while focusing on the needs of each individual child.

 
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Data-Driven Decisions in Real Time

GOLD® provides administrators with the data they need for real-time reporting and large-scale, programmatic decision-making. Easily manage and maintain users, classes, and child records and generate outcomes reports.

 

Reliably Administer Valid Assessment

Rigorously and regularly tested, GOLD® yields reliable, valid, and culturally sensitive information. With Interrater Reliability Certification for teachers, administrators can ensure a valid and reliable assessment process at scale.

 

Drive Data-Driven Decisions in Real Time

GOLD® provides administrators with the data they need for real-time reporting and large-scale, programmatic decision- making. Easily manage and maintain users, classes, and child records and generate outcomes reports.

Research-Based

GOLD® is research-based, valid, and shown to be effective
by extensive independent research.

2020 GOLD® Technical Manual

Our latest technical manual reaffirms the reliability and validity of GOLD® based on a wider range of data.

GOLD® Research Foundation

Learn more about GOLD®’s roots in research.

More GOLD® Research

From multi-year efficacy studies to peer-reviewed journal articles and research foundation papers, our vast body of research shows that you can trust GOLD® to help you deliver positive outcomes for all children

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Sharpen Your Assessment Skills

Powerful professional development options enhance your GOLD® efficacy and boost learning outcomes.

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Resources

Using GOLD® for Formative Assessment in the Time of Covid-19

GOLD® makes authentic assessment possible, even in a distance learning setting. Family observations and two-way communication provide additional avenues for assessing at a distance.

 

Exciting Back-to-School Formative Assessment News: Enhancements for GOLD®

Learn about some recent improvements to GOLD® for back-to-school.

Prepare for Any Back-to-School Scenario: A Distance Learning Solution

Prepare for Any Back-to-School Scenario: A Distance Learning Solution

Drive better learning outcomes.

Get GOLD® today and begin using the most reliable, and scalable formative assessment solution to inform your instruction and improve outcomes for the children in your classroom.

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