All About GOLD

GOLD® is the authentic, ongoing, observation-based assessment system that helps teachers and administrators like you focus on what matters most for children's success. Your program will access GOLD® through MyTeachingStrategies™, a one-stop spot for all your teaching and assessing needs. 

On-Demand Orientations

If you are new to GOLD®, MyTeachingStrategies™ offers an hour-long webinar designed to introduce teachers and administrators to GOLD® as accessed through MyTeachingStrategies™. Click here to register for the session that best applies to your role. 

Support for Getting Started

Also check out the Bright & Early ND Cohort Timeline to assist your program during your Step 3 Bright & Early ND Cohort.

Bright & Early ND will verify your program's child documentation portfolios online through MyTeachingStrategies™. Use this tip sheet to ensure your program is meeting the minimum requirements needed for a Step 3 Quality Rating.

Why is Bright & Early ND supporting GOLD®?

GOLD® has proven that it is a well-rounded assessment tool that meets all the desired outcomes needed to show child growth and development. GOLD® is a formative assessment tool that guides teaching and learning. It uses multiple sources for collecting information to inform child development and adult-child interactions. GOLD® describes consistent and clear procedures for completing the tool and is consistent with the ND Early Learning Guidelines. GOLD® includes provisions for reporting results to parents and is designed to inform instruction and curriculum planning. GOLD® is a valid and reliable tool that provides inter-rater reliability testing for all who use it. GOLD® also provides guidance for meeting the needs of all children in the program, including children with disabilities, and children learning English as a dual language.

GOLD® has a fee for each child I have enrolled. How do I afford that?

Bright & Early ND understands how costly an assessment tool can be. That is why we covered all initial startup costs and worked with Teaching Strategies to achieve a lower portfolio fee. By partnering with Bright & Early ND for GOLD® you are saving more than $1500! Programs will be expected to pay for their portfolio fees at a discounted price and then will be reimbursed for those costs once they’ve achieved their Step 3 Quality Rating.

What evidence is needed to show that my program's staff are trained on GOLD®?

When programs purchase GOLD®, they also have access to online professional development through MyTeachingStrategies™. There is an assortment of courses available, however, Bright & Early ND is requiring that all Directors, Lead Teachers and Lead Caregivers take the course 'Objectives for Development and Learning'. Once a user has completed the course 'Objectives for Development and Learning', they need to become reliable. They do this by taking the Interrater Reliability Certification test. Users must submit their Professional Development Course Certificate and Interrater Reliability certificate to the ND Growing Futures Workforce Registry for verification. Bright & Early ND will verify professional development via the individual’s learning record. As a reminder, Administrators, Directors, Lead Teachers and Lead Caregivers must complete the required professional development indicators for a Step 3 Quality Rating.

I'm ready to submit my Quality Standards Inventory. What does Bright & Early ND review in my program's MyTeachingStrategies™ account?

Once you have submitted your Quality Standards Inventory, a member of the Bright & Early ND Team will view your child documentation reports in MyTeachingStrategies™. Bright & Early ND will use a random selection process to determine which documentation reports will be viewed in each classroom or Family Child Care setting. To protect confidentiality, no identifying information will be collected or recorded.

Documentation must be objectively recorded and subjective documentation will not be counted. Examples of documentation include, but are not limited to:

  • General Documentation (pictures, videos, general notes)
  • Assessment Opportunity Cards
  • On-the-Spot Observation Recording Tools

To meet this criterion, 33% of the documentation reports will be reviewed per classroom or Family Child Care setting.

Is there a certain number of documentation pieces required for each child?

Yes, Bright & Early ND has set a minimum requirement of documentation pieces per child in the following areas:

  • Minimum of 3 pieces of documentation per child are needed for the following areas:
    • Social-Emotional
    • Physical
    • Language
    • Cognitive
  • Minimum of 2 pieces of documentation per child are needed for the following areas:
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics