As parents and caregivers, we often want to know what progress our children are making in their early learning and preschool programs. Different programs and service providers use a variety of tools and assessments to measure the progress and early development of children in their programs. The list below includes some of the most commonly used assessments that early learning and preschool providers in Bexar County use to track the progress of their students to help them to successfully reach key steps in their development.

Child Assessments

Battelle Developmental Inventory

Helps measure a child’s progress along this developmental continuum by both global domains and discrete skill sets. BDI-2 is aligned to the three OSEP Early Childhood Outcomes, as well as the Head Start Child Outcomes. It can be used to meet the federal reporting requirements across Part C, Part B/619, and Head Start programs.

Early Childhood Assessment

Assessing Parenting is an online application that scores and records inventory assessments of participants. Agencies can then access profile and program data for reporting and intervention.

GOLD and GOLDplus

Teaching Strategies provides a wide array of assessments for children in any early childhood program.


An ongoing assessment to measure development in children ages 36 months to 72 months of age across 7 developmental domains – Language, Cognitive, Pre-Writing, Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Adaptive (Self-Help), and Personal/Social.


A system for various assessment tasks, including outcomes and data for Head Start and other government-funded programs.


Offers many enhancements to a vocabulary assessment that has been well respected for 50 years. This latest edition has been co-normed with the Expressive Vocabulary Test, Second Edition (EVT™-2), allowing you to make direct comparisons between receptive and expressive vocabulary performance.

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™)

The STAAR program includes scheduled annual assessments in specific subjects for students. Students will take their first of these assessments in 3rd grade and will take their last while in high school.

Parenting Assessments


The AAPI-2 is an inventory designed to assess the parenting and child rearing attitudes of adolescents and adult parent and pre-parent populations. Based on the known parenting and child rearing behaviors of abusive parents, responses to the inventory provide an index of risk for practicing behaviors known to be attributable to child abuse and neglect.

Screening Tools


Parent-completed developmental and social-emotional screeners to pinpoint delays in children as early as possible. Other tools such as the ASQ:SE-2 and ASQ-3 can also be found here.

Brigance Screener

Helps early childhood educators more effectively meet the needs of young learners—so each child is better prepared for school.

Teacher/Child Interaction Assessments


Measures teacher-child interactions and helps providers target areas for improvement. This tool assesses factors directly tied to student learning – including positive and negative classroom climate, teacher sensitivity, language modeling, and behavior management.

Environmental Rating Scales

These scales evaluate items such as: physical environment, basic care, curriculum, interaction, schedule and program structure, and parent and staff education. These scales are designed to assess process quality in an early childhood or school age care group.

Additional Resources on Assessments and Screenings

Early Development Instrument

All Early Development Instrument (EDI) content (text, illustrations, graphics, designs, etc.) created by and for the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County including any EDI data and maps are property of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County and require written permission for replication or reproduction in any form. To submit questions or to request permission to use any and/or all content of the Early Development Instrument (EDI) data contact Caroline Goddard at

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is an assessment completed by teacher in kindergarten to measure their students’ kindergarten readiness in 6 key areas. These are usually administered in the fall or early spring of a child’s kindergarten school year and reported back to the school the following fall.

The following school districts are currently participating in EDI data collection and use:

  • Northeast ISD
  • Northside ISD
  • Southwest ISD
  • Edgewood ISD
  • Harlandale ISD

To receive more information, contact us (link to contact page).