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TSG Online is the on-going child assessment program used by NOCAC Head Start. Reports are analyzed after each checkpoint period to determine how well children are meeting development and school readiness goals according to the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning (HSCDEL) Framework.


  1. The Coaching Specialist analysis the TSG Reports at the Program, Site and Teacher levels.
    1. Analysis of the data is shared with Education Manager, Management Team, HS Director, Policy Council and Governing Board
    2. Analysis shared with the teaching staff to aid in curriculum planning.
  2. The Coaching Specialist has the responsibility to analyze data on child outcomes that centers on patterns of progress for groups of children over time as they receive services through the program year to address school readiness.
  3. Data is analyzed to answer the following questions:
    1. What are the patterns of progress and accomplishments for groups of children in different domains and indicators of learning and development?
    2. What are the patterns of outcomes for children in different program options, forms of service, and service areas?
    3. What are the patterns of outcome data for different groups of children, such as (a) those what begin Head Start at different levels of functioning and (b) children that receive one or two years of Head Start services?
    4. What are the trends in outcome data from year to year, in terms of stability and change in patterns of progress and levels of accomplishment?
    5. What are the patterns of outcome data for children on an IEP or CSP?
  4. Fall data is used to determine the baseline at each analysis level.
    1. The emphasis is to determine child entry status in terms of being below, meeting or exceeding widely held expectations (WHE) for all TSG dimensions and particularly those that align to the program wide school readiness goals.
    2. At the beginning of a year, a child might fall below WHE if teaching and learning has not yet occurred.
  5. Winter and Spring TSG reports are analyzed to determine progress and growth.
    1. Analyze all objectives and dimensions to answer questions and identify trends in terms of children being below, meeting/exceeding, the TSG WHE.
    2. Set teaching and learning goals based on assessment data.
    3. The emphasis is on performance, growth, readiness and end of year child outcomes.
    4. By the end of the year, expect to see children ready to transition to the next class/grade. TSG readiness is where the current class/grade color band, meets bus does not overlap the next class/grade color band.
  6. The Coaching Specialist will
    1. Compare and analyze data between fall and winter, between winter and spring and between fall and spring
    2. Compare children with ratings in all checkpoint periods. Hide empty sites and classes
    3. Analyze TSG reports prioritizing TSG objectives that relate to program school readiness goals paying attention to those objectives where more than half of the children in the program scored below the WHE in the FALL.
  7. The Coaching Specialist and Teachers will use the TSG Snapshot Report to inform planning and take a quick pulse check of where their class is at any given time.
    1. The TSG Snapshot Report is the primary report used by all to filter and analyze, to answer questions, to compare data and to identify trends. There are many options for running the report.
  8. SUMMARIZE: The Coaching Specialist will summarize the TSG Data and train teaching staff to do so also by asking the following questions:
    1. What do you notice? What stands out as strengths or weaknesses? Are there any surprises and if so, what are they? What questions arise? Did you mine or dig deeper for some reason and if so why and what did you find out? How will this data analysis guide your practice between now and the next checkpoint period? Do you have other thoughts, wonderings and/or questions?
  9. PLAN: The Coaching Specialist will develop goals at the program; site and classroom level based on the information learned from the data analysis that will support school readiness. 
  10. DOCUMENTATION: The Coaching Specialist will maintain reports, data charts, Excel workbooks, data analysis, summaries, and plans. 


Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:   1302.32 (a)(iii)   1302.33 (b)(c)
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources: 
Effective Date: 8/7/17 Revision Date:
Approved By Policy Council: 8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council: