The following chart shows how items from HighScope’s Preschool Child Observation Record (COR) correspond to items from HighScope’s Preschool Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs) (March 2010). The Preschool COR is an observation-based assessment instrument for childrenaged 2½–6 years. It is designed to measure children’s progress in all early childhood programs (including, but not limited to those using the HighScope educational approach). It is divided into 6 major categories that are critical for school success: Initiative; Social Relations; Creative Representation; Movement and Music; Language and Literacy; and Mathematics and Science. Each category containsbetween 3 and 8 items, and each item has 5 developmental levels, ranging from 1 (the simplest) to 5 (the most complex). Teaching staff collect anecdotes for completing the COR during the normal daily routine, so the assessment process is seamlessly integrated with early childhood teaching and planning. The results provide detailed reports that analyze progress and are designed for variousaudiences, from families to government monitors. Note that this alignment only includes items from the Preschool COR. It does not represent the full scope of the HighScope Preschool Curriculum because many abilities which are covered in our curriculum resources are not assessed on the COR. To fully evaluate how well state standards align with HighScope, it is necessary to also look closely at HighScope’scurriculum materials. See the last page of this document for a list of HighScope’s major curriculum resources and the topics they cover. The educational content of HighScope preschool programs is built around 58 Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs). The KDIs are early childhood milestones that guide teachers as they plan and assess learning experiences and interact with children to supportlearning. Each KDI is a statement that identifies an observable child behavior reflecting knowledge and skills in the areas of approaches to learning; social and emotional development; physical development and health; language, literacy, and communication; mathematics; creative arts; science and technology; and social studies.
Preschool Child Observation Record
I. Initiative A. Making choices andplans
Key Developmental Indicators
A. Approaches to Learning 1. Initiative: Children demonstrate initiative as they explore their world. 2. Planning: Children make plans and follow through on their intentions. A. Approaches to Learning 3. Engagement: Children focus on activities that interest them. 4. Problem solving: Children solve problems encountered in play. B. Social and EmotionalDevelopment 12. Building relationships: Children build relationships with other children and adults. 13. Cooperative play: Children engage in cooperative play. F. Creative Arts 40. Art: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through two- and three-dimensional art. 43. Pretend play: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel throughpretend play. B. Social and Emotional Development 11. Community: Children participate in the community of the classroom. C. Physical Development and Health 19. Personal care: Children carry out personal care routines on their own. 20. Healthy behavior: Children engage in healthy practices. G. Science and Technology 52. Tools and technology: Children explore and use tools and technology.
Solvingproblems with materials
Taking care of personal needs
II. Social Relations E. Relating to adults B. Social and Emotional Development 12. Building relationships: Children build relationships with other children and adults. B. Social and Emotional Development 12. Building relationships: Children build relationships with other children and adults. B. Social and...