Authentic Assessment for Head Start
End-to-end program documentation
Educa, originated in New Zealand and now in the US, fully supports Head Start programs with a systematic approach that fosters authentic learning and assessment using the DRDP through a learning story-based cycle. It supports:
- Individualized learning
- Parent engagement
- DRDP assessment ratings
Learning stories are written to be read – by families and to children. The narrative format is less intimidating, feedback is more natural.
Stories enable collaboration, informed family feedback based on an understanding of the educator’s approach and a platform for sharing guidance on ways to continue the learning at home.
Ratings auto-populate from story links – learning stories are the evidence of learning. Educators can see unrated measures and then update manually to complete. Centers share PDF reports with families and aggregated data in Excel with regulators.
Centers can only use Educa for Head Start in regions where the DRDP has been approved. This is a growing list that currently includes California and Minnesota. More on the DRDP here.