School Readiness Assessment


Senate Bill 08-212, Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K), passed in 2008 with the goal of aligning Colorado’s preschool through post secondary education system. The purpose of school readiness assessment is to inform the development of an individual school readiness plan in order to provide a responsive learning environment for each child. Information gathered from school readiness assessments is to be used for supportive and instructional purposes and cannot be used to deny a student admission or progression to kindergarten or first grade.

CAP4K requires that all students in a publicly funded kindergarten be assessed using as state approved school readiness assessment. Kindergartners must be tested within the first 60 days of enrollment.


2018-2019 READ/School Readiness regional trainings

This training will cover requirements and submissions for the READ Act (K-3) and School Readiness (K only). Open to all staff. Trainings will run from 10-2 with lunch provided. Locations are being finalized.

8/24: Western Slope, Ross Montessori School, Carbondale

8/28: Denver Metro, TBD

8/29: Colorado Springs, TBD


Schools should work directly with their school readiness assessment vendors for assessment-specific training.


All CSI schools are required to administer one of the following school readiness assessments to its Kindergarten students:

Teaching Strategies GOLD
HighScope COR for Kindergarten
Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP-K 2015)

More information on each assessment can be found on the CDE School Readiness Page.

School Readiness Data Collection **NEW for 2017-2018 school year**

The purpose of the Kindergarten School Readiness data collection is to provide baseline data for measuring improvement in students' knowledge and skills over time and to collect data needed to fulfill statutory requirements for an annual legislative report.

Data reported to CDE will be from the initial fall assessment window. The initial assessment is to be completed within the first 60 calendar days of the school year as required by HB 15-1323. The collection will be due to CSI ​by October, 2018.

SR Data Reporting Fact Sheet.pdf
School Readiness Data Reporting Template.xlsx
CDE Sample School Readiness Plan.docx