Early Learning Assessment for Families

ECE-Family-with-Two-Children.jpgOhio’s Early Learning Assessment is a tool for teachers of preschool age children to learn about the current level of each child’s skills, knowledge and behaviors in the areas of Social Foundations, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Well-Being and Motor Development, and Fine Arts.

This assessment will require teachers to observe children during the natural course of the child’s day. The ELA is a continuous process of knowing about the child’s learning as the learning is happening throughout the year. Children will not complete test questions or provide test answers. The ELA is an ongoing process of observations performed by the teacher to gather information on how a child is developing over time.  This process allows the teacher to form an understanding of the child’s learning and development that will assist them in planning future learning opportunities.

Teachers will be able to share a report with families that explains their findings and provide suggestions on activities families can do at home to continue to support children’s growth and development.

Early Learning Assessment Basics


  • ​​Programs that are serving Early Childhood Education or Preschool Special Education funded children are required to use Ohio's Early Learning Assessment 10-Required Learning Progressions. Programs not funded by ECE or PSE are not required to use the ELA but may opt to do so. 
  • ODE licensed preschools are eligible to use the KReady system to collect and share child growth and development data.  ODJFS licensed preschools have access to the Bridge Form for data collection and sharing.


  • The Early Learning Assessment measures your child's knowledge, skills and behaviors in seven areas: Social Foundations, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Well-being and Motor Development, and Fine Arts. 
  • The Early Learning Assessment is not a test. Your child will not have to complete questions or provide test answers. Teachers use the information they collect to plan activities and opportunities that will support the continued growth of each individual child.   


  • The Early Learning Assessment is a formative assessment that helps teachers to collect and use information about a child’s development.
  • Teachers collect evidence through their everyday interactions that occur during activities with your child.
  • Programs who are required to complete the assessment must do so twice a year, once during the fall and once during the spring for all preschool age children. Programs also have the option of using the assessment throughout the year.


  • When the assessment is complete, teachers will have information to share with you about how your child is developing across the essential areas of school readiness.
  • The information will help you and your child's teachers work as partners to plan activities that ensure your child starts kindergarten ready to learn.


Last Modified: 3/13/2019 4:40:38 PM