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Instruments & Assessments

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As data are released, associated instrumentation will become available on this page.

During the ECLS program's 2020 field test data collections, the study tested the feasibility of including a national preschool round in the ECLS-K:2024. The 2020 field test data collection included only household surveys.

During the ECLS program's 2022 field test data collections, the ECLS ran a small-scale, trial run of the upcoming national study's kindergarten and first-grade rounds. Children, with their parents' or guardians' consent, answered engaging, age-appropriate math and reading-related questions during a one-on-one session with a trained ECLS team member. Parents/guardians of participating children were asked to complete a survey about their family, their child's experiences, and learning activities that the child participates in outside of school. Teachers were asked to complete a brief survey about their professional background and teaching practices as well as surveys for each of their participating students about their skills and abilities. School administrators were asked questions about their school and their own professional background.

The ECLS-K:2024 national study data collections will begin in fall 2023. The ECLS-K:2024 will collect data from:

children parents teachers school administrators.

Planned data collection activities for the ECLS-K:2024 national data collection: Fall of kindergarten through spring of fifth grade

Instrument Fall kindergarten
(Fall 2023)
Spring kindergarten
(Spring 2024)
Spring first grade
(Spring 2025)
Spring third grade
(Spring 2027)
Spring fifth grade
(Spring 2029)
Child assessments1
Language screener
Child survey
Parent survey
Teacher surveys
Teacher level
Child level
Special education teacher surveys
Teacher level
Child level
School administrator surveys
1 Currently child assessments in two assessment domains will be included, reading and mathematics, although additional domains are under consideration.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2023–24 (ECLS-K:2024).