Put every child on the pathway to kindergarten readiness with research-based indicators for early literacy, early numeracy, and social-emotional development.
Research and development of Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs) began at the University of Minnesota in the late 1990s, based on two decades of previous research into effective measurement practices for describing children’s trajectories of achievement. This work continued, leading to innovations in assessment of English and Spanish language and early literacy, early numeracy, and other domains of development.
myIGDIs measures have since been redesigned and evaluated empirically in multiple studies, with a special focus on use in preschool programs, particularly those interested in RTI or MTSS. Shown to be psychometrically sound, myIGDIs is used by more than 13,000 early childhood educators across all 50 states.
Developed at the University of Minnesota under the leadership of Dr. Scott McConnell, an expert in early childhood assessment.
Developed at the University of Memphis by Dr. Robin Hojnoski and colleagues specializing in early mathematics skills.
Developed at the University of Minnesota and aligned with multiple sets of early childhood academic standards.
Two co-creators of myIGDIs discuss professional standards for measuring early academic achievement, especially language and literacy skills, among preschool children.
The University of Minnesota research team describes work leading to the development of the current generation of IGDIs, and how scores are used in decision-making for RTI/MTSS.
myIGDIs is designed to be both rigorous and easy to use. Here, University of Minnesota researchers discuss how to meet these two objectives so that teachers can make good data-based decisions.
Read an in-depth discussion of the design and validation processes for myIGDIs early literacy measures in Spanish.