Early Years Evaluation - Direct Assessment (EYE-DA)

Successful learning takes place when children are supported by parents, schools, and communities.

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EYE-DA Summary:

Administration: The EYE-DA takes about 45 minutes per child

Scoring: Our online data entry site allows for immediate data entry, scoring, and feedback. Reports are generated at the parent, school, district, and provincial levels. The EYE-DA results are depicted using three colour codes: green, denoting appropriate development; yellow, experiencing some difficulty; and red, experiencing significant difficulty.  The scoring takes into account a child’s age at the time of the assessment.

Ages/Grades: The EYE-DA is ideally suited for children ages 3 to 5 years as they prepare for and make the transition to school.


EYE-DA Benefits:

  • The colourful pictures, manipulatives, and physical activities make the EYE-DA fun and engaging for children.
  • The EYE-DA assesses four domains closely associated with children's preparedness to learn during the primary grades: Awareness of Self and Environment; Cognitive Skills; Language and Communication; and, Gross and Fine Motor Skills.
  • Training materials and optional in-person training.
  • Immediate, multi-level reporting.
  • Available in English, French and Spanish.

The EYE-DA can help parents, schools, and communities ensure a more positive transition to school

Most often the EYE-DA is part of a province- or district- wide transition to school initiative. Districts and schools report the most important benefits of the EYE-DA are: 1) it opens the door for communication by providing an early opportunity to speak with parents about their child; 2) children who may be in need of professional or educational services are identified earlier and can begin to receive assistance prior to or upon school entry; and, 3) the EYE-DA provides a baseline for assessing learning gains.

The EYE-DA assesses four domains closely associated with readiness to learn at school:

  • Awareness of Self and Environment - a child's understanding of the world and his or her ability to make connections with home and community experiences.
  • Cognitive Skills - a child's basic math and pre-reading skills and his or her ability to solve problems.
  • Language and Communication - a child's understanding of spoken language and his or her ability to express thoughts and feelings.
  • Physical Development
    Fine motor
    - a child's ability to perform small movements that require hand-eye coordination.
    Gross motor - a child's ability to perform large movements that involve arms, legs, and body.

The EYE-DA test kit materials are contained in a lightweight carrying case and include:

  • EYE-DA Administration and Scoring Guidelines
  • EYE-DA Easel Binder – includes Test Plates, specific scoring information and script for examiners
  • Scoring Protocols
  • Child Response Booklets
  • Blank laminated card
  • Stickers for the children
  • Bean Bag
  • Plastic container with items for making sets
  • Zippered pouch with manipulatives needed for evaluating particular items.

Immediate, multi-level reporting with one administration

We recognize the need for data at all levels in education, from the provincial government level where it is used to inform policy makers, to the classroom teacher who uses it to guide instruction and evaluate interventions, and finally to parents who are interested in the development and well being of their children. A single EYE administration can provide meaningful results to all of these individuals via:

  • Individual Child Reports
  • School, District, and State or Provincial reporting

Immediate reporting, unique to each audience, means that data is:

  • Timely;
  • Meaningful; and,
  • Cost-effective!


Early Years Evaluation data can be used to ensure

success for all children as they grow and develop into lifelong learners.