Authentic Assessment for Head Start

Learning Stories with DRDP assessment

Documentation that fits teaching workflow

Assessment should be part of the teaching process, not a distraction that sits outside teacher workflow.

Educa supports Head Start programs with Learning Stories, which provide a canvas for teachers to share their observations and reflections on each child (authentic assessment), with linking to the DRDP developmental profiles (needed for Head Start reporting) as a natural in-line step.

Learning Stories in Educa make assessment a helpful tool for individualized planning and sharing with families.  

Individualized Learning

Learning stories provide a blank canvas for an educator to fully capture the magic of early learning, the last step being a  link to the DRDP.

The customizable story template includes a “What’s Next?” section where educators share differentiated planning.

Parent Engagement

Learning stories are written to be read. The narrative format is less intimidating, feedback is more natural.

Stories nurture informed family feedback based on an understanding of the educator’s approach and the learning that is happening.

DRDP Ratings

Ratings auto-populate from story links as evidence. Educators can also add observations manually. Send PDF reports to families, upload data in Excel to regulators.

More on DRDP ratings in Educa here.

Educa is a licensed DRDP assessment vendor.


Individualized learning

Educa uses customizable learning story templates. Understanding what represents success for a child requires careful observation and reflection, the key to individualized learning. More here

Support families at home

Educa is a sharing platform. Learning stories use a storytelling approach that resonates with families and builds understanding. Each story can include ways to continue the learning at home.

DRDP - valid and reliable

DRDP© is a valid and reliable assessment framework for children birth to five, including dual language learners and those with disabilities. More here

Learning stories are efficient

Each story covers a number of aspects of learning. And so it’s not uncommon to link 8-10 measures to a story. Use “Group stories” for shared experiences.

Building a sense of identity

Learning stories are often printed and read to child. This helps children understand themselves as learners. More here

Easy data export

Educa customers can one-click export class data to DRDP Online. Educa has custom Excel exports to meet state or agency needs and PDFs for families.

Why the DRDP?

Accepted for Head Start in most states.
See the DRDP ratings in Educa

Support families at home

Add guidance to stories

Learning story templates include a section where educators describe follow-on ideas to promote 24/7 learning.

Keeping connected

Educa helps teachers and families stay connected at all times, even if the center is closed.

Share help videos

Educators can include videos in the Resources section of each center’s private Educa URL to support families at home.


Real-time engagement

Families receive push notifications on the free Educa app so that parents can talk to their child while it’s fresh.

Private family communication

Educa is a private channel for the center community – a message board for center and class news and a story feed about each child.

Child portfolio

Centers can share everything in the child profile – home life info, plans, stories and assessments. All in one place.

Educa Also Provides …

Family Surveys
Centers can use our Home Language, Home Routines or create custom forms to help understand each child.
Differentiated Plans
Use our planning module to develop individualized plans for each child, linked to frameworks and stories.
School Readiness
Educa has Transition Statements, School Readiness and other forms to document a child’s journey.
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