Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs)

Preschool assessments backed by research

Children begin to develop early literacy, early numeracy, and social-emotional skills needed for kindergarten while they’re still in preschool. myIGDIs helps you quickly and accurately assess this development so you can intervene early and provide all learners with targeted support for success.


myIGDIs measures are brief and focused, with clear administration and scoring instructions for educators.


Measures are fast and fun for young children, and 1-on-1 administration fosters positive teacher-student interactions.


Seasonal benchmarks show you whether children are meeting growth expectations or require more intensive support.


Designed for both screening and progress monitoring, myIGDIs measures are backed by more than 20 years of comprehensive research.

myIGDIs for administrators, teachers, and families

Boost preschool effectiveness

Get accurate and consistent data to support your RTI or MTSS initiative, with minimal impact on instruction and play time.

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Target early childhood instruction

Keep children moving toward kindergarten readiness with actionable data gathered through brief, focused assessments and observations.

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Track kindergarten readiness

Understand how your child is developing the academic, social, and behavioral skills necessary to thrive in the school environment.

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Built on a strong research foundation

Developed by researchers, trusted by educators

Early Literacy

Developed at the University of Minnesota under the leadership of Dr. Scott McConnell, an expert in early childhood assessment.

Early Numeracy

Developed at the University of Memphis by Dr. Robin Hojnoski and colleagues specializing in early mathematics skills.

Social-Emotional+ (ProLADR)

Developed at the University of Minnesota and aligned with multiple sets of early childhood academic standards.

Meet myIGDIs

Track the development of critical foundational skills

An in-depth look at myIGDIs assessment for kindergarten readiness

Discover how myIGDIs measures for early literacy and early numeracy—along with ProLADR observational tools for social-emotional and related development—help you determine each child’s readiness for kindergarten.

Early Literacy (English)

A direct-child approach to monitoring English language and literacy development, these measures are available for either dual iPad or paper administration.

Early Literacy (English)

Clear instructions, student prompts, and scoring information mean you can administer early literacy measures in about 10 minutes per child.

  • Picture Naming (oral language)
  • Rhyming (phonological awareness)
  • Alliteration (phonological awareness)
  • Sound ID (alphabet knowledge)
  • “Which One Doesn’t Belong?” (comprehension)

Learn more about myIGDIs

How does myIGDIs work?

How myIGDIs preschool assessment works



You administer myIGDIs measures for early literacy and early numeracy in a 1-on-1 setting. For social-emotional and other developmental preschool assessments, you observe students over time and record results.



When you view results, you can easily see whether each child is meeting seasonal benchmarks or needs additional support to catch up.



Use your preschool assessment data to plan daily instruction and target interventions to each child’s specific learning needs.



In addition to seasonal screening, you can administer myIGDIs to monitor the progress of children receiving intervention.

Explore what makes myIGDIs so effective

The effectiveness of preschool assessments

The myIGDIs suite combines curriculum-based measures for early literacy and early numeracy with observational tools—known as ProLADR—for social-emotional learning and related developmental domains. These measures and tools give early childhood educators actionable insight into each child’s progress and instructional needs.


myIGDIs measures and seasonal benchmarks are grounded in years of research by child development experts, so you can have confidence in the reliability and validity of the results.

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Clear instructions, student prompts, and scoring information mean you can administer the early literacy or early numeracy measures in about 10 minutes per child.

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Seasonal benchmarks show you whether children are on track or need more intensive instruction and intervention to be kindergarten-ready. Progress-monitoring measures then help you to track growth and make necessary adjustments.

Which students have achieved benchmark during this window?

Who is at risk and may be struggling with core instruction?

Which kids need intervention to achieve kindergarten readiness?

Who still needs to be evaluated?

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Easy-to-read reports provide data at the district, school, classroom, and student levels. Color-coded displays facilitate data conversations with administrators, colleagues, and parents.

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Recommended research and resources on preschool assessment

Articles, webinars, and more

Best practices for monitoring progress in preschool children

Two co-creators of myIGDIs discuss professional standards for measuring early academic achievement, especially language and literacy skills, among preschool children.

A measurement framework for RTI/MTSS in early childhood

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.

Supporting data-based decision-making

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.

Development of Spanish-language IGDIs

Read an in-depth discussion of the design and validation processes for myIGDIs early literacy measures in Spanish.


Explore how myIGDIs measures areas critical to pre-literacy development and growth.

On-Demand Webinar

Join the co-creator of myIGDIs for tips on using your assessment data to support students’ early learning journeys.

Learn more about how myIGDIs can help educators measure areas critical to pre-literacy development and growth

We were looking for an assessment that was fast, predictive of later academic success, and sensitive to growth. We selected myIGDIs because it was supported by research and very similar to assessments used by elementary schools implementing MTSS with older children

Misty Goosen • Project Coordinator, Kansas MTSS

Common funding sources for myIGDIs

How to identify available funding sources for preschool assessments

District Pre-K Budgets

Some districts support pre-K with local sources, such as sales or property tax.

State Funds

Most states provide funding for pre-K programs, either through their general fund appropriations for programs, block grants for targeted purposes, or the state’s K–12 funding formula.

Federal Funds

Both formula and competitive funding is available as grants to states or local program providers, or as allocations to states.

Want to learn more?

A Renaissance representative can provide you with a more detailed understanding of how myIGDIs can help put every child on a strong path to kindergarten readiness.

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