The ORS Preschool program engages in formative and authentic assessment. The formative assessment used is Teaching Strategies Gold and is given 3 times per year.
The parents play a critical role as teachers in gathering information that will enable them to plan from the first day how to best meet the needs of the each child. Parent input is solicited regarding the expectations for their child, what strengths they see, and what challenges may be present. This information, coupled with screening results and observations of the child in the home setting, are used to begin planning from the first day a child enters preschool. In addition, ongoing, daily assessment is occurring as the teachers develop a portfolio of each child’s unique abilities.