Welcome to the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring (CPM) Toolkit! This online toolkit has been curated to meet the needs of those working in pre-K settings, and who support a variety of educators and leaders within their regions. This “one stop shop” offers pre-K programs the ability to locate a variety of materials and resources, each tailored to support understanding and implementation of CPM.
The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System (formerly known as C-PALLS+), is a user-friendly, technology-driven tool that enables a teacher to quickly assess a child’s progress in a particular skill area. This simple yet reliable data collection prompts teachers to focus on lessons that target their students’ least developed skills.
The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System:
|Table 1. Overview of CPM Measures||Type||Language||Administration Time|
|Rapid Letter Naming||Direct||Administration instructions available in Spanish;
Task measures English letters
|2.5 minutes (timed fluency task)|
|Rapid Vocabulary||Direct||English & Spanish||2.5 minutes (timed fluency task)|
|Phonological Awareness||Direct||English & Spanish||Core Tasks: 6 minutes
Optional: 4 minutes
|Mathematics||Direct||English & Spanish||Core Tasks: 3 minutes
Optional: 2.5 minutes
|Letter Sound Correspondence||Direct||Administration instructions available in Spanish;
Task measures English letters
|Book and Print Checklist||Direct||English & Spanish||5 minutes|
|Story Retell and Comprehension||Direct||English & Spanish||10 minutes|
|Social Studies||Direct||English & Spanish||8 minutes|
|Science||Direct||English & Spanish||10 minutes|
|Social Emotional Checklist||Observable||English & Spanish||8 minutes|
|Early Writing Checklist||Observable||English & Spanish||2 minutes|
|Speech Production and Sentence Skills Checklist||Observable||English & Spanish||2 minutes|
|Motivation to Read Checklist||Observable||English & Spanish||2 minutes|
|Approaches to Learning||Observable||English & Spanish||6 minutes|
|Physical Health and Development||Observable||English & Spanish||6 minutes|
|Total Direct Assessment Time (Student)||58.5 minutes|
|Total Time to Complete Observables||28 minutes|
|Total Assessment Time, All Measures||86.5 minutes|
Your first step is to register your account on CLI Engage:
The CPM User Guide is a comprehensive guide that includes “need to know” information about the administration of CPM in pre-K classrooms.
The Pre-K and Head Start Classroom resources page provides extensive information about how to use the tools and resources on CLI Engage in classrooms with 3- and 4-year-olds.
Beyond the standard “best assessment practices,” this section offers evidence-based implementation strategies that pre-K programs can use to support educators’ understanding and implementation of CPM. The content in this section offers resources for perspective and practice building while growing awareness of classroom-level strategies. These practices are focused on helping make the most of CPM as an assessment tool, family engagement resource, and professional learning hub. Additional resources are offered for differentiated implementation practices, such as offline and remote assessment modes.
Comprehensive training for CPM is available in the Online Courses section of CLI Engage. Users can earn certificates for the completion of each course.
When logged in, access the courses directly here: CPM Self-Instructional Assessment Training Course
CPM offers scoresheets, and each are available for all three waves (BOY, MOY, and EOY), if applicable.
Scoresheets in Spanish and English include:
Access the scoresheets on our webpage: CPM Scoresheets
Utilize CLI’s resources for alternative administration functionality and protocols for CPM. Visit our detailed webpage to access teacher’s guides, webinars, and visual schedules to support teachers as they administer assessments remotely: Remote Assessment Administration
The offline assessment feature can be used to assess students when an internet connection is not available at the time of administration. The offline feature for CPM can be accessed from the assessment practice area (for practicing the offline feature) or directly from the class view in CPM (when conducting the assessments): CPM Offline Assessment
The CPM Facilitation Guides have specific training facilitation information for school staff who will be facilitating training on CPM with their teachers:
Interested in becoming a CPM Facilitator? Receive access to facilitate online courses and award certificates directly on CLI Engage: Facilitator Application Form
Our resource library is curated to help meet the demand of their region’s needs – from the classroom to the district level. Browse our content to find courses, webinars, and guides to further support programs and educators’ understanding of implementing CPM and analyzing data.
Learn about the various reports available on CLI Engage and find how-to guides along with support resources for pre-K programs.
Many of the following reports can be generated at the class, individual student, class, schools, and community/district levels.
Learn more about all the levels of CLI Engage Reports.
The CIRCLE Activity Collection: Pre-K to Grade 2 Collection (log in required) includes the following in each lesson:
Resources for data driven instruction can also be found on our beginning, middle, and end of year specific pages. These pages were curated to meet the needs of educators across the span of the school year:
The CIRCLE STEM Lab Collection is a virtual laboratory that hosts video segments from PBS Learning Media and hands-on STEM activities to be completed independently by your child. These interactive activities integrate video segments with hands-on activities and can be used independently by students or as a teacher directed activity.
Benchmarks are the minimum performance levels students are expected to reach by certain points of the year to indicate skill understanding. The CPM Benchmark table displays the cut scores for benchmarks and is helpful in analyzing your data.
Each CPM measure is directly aligned to Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines. View the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (published 2022) in English and Spanish, as well as related resources, on the Texas Education Agency’s website.
Learn about how CPM aligns to the revised benchmarks by visiting our CIRCLE Progress Monitoring-Texas PKG Alignments:
CPM is also aligned to the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: CIRCLE Progress Monitoring-Head Start Alignment
ECDS is part of the Texas Student Data System (TSDS). Visit our ECDS Uploads for Pre-K Data webpage to learn more about the ECDS pre-K required measures and how to upload your data!
Teachers using CPM can share individual student reports with families by printing reports or by providing a personalized identification number (PIN) for families to view results online. Teachers can also send families activities that are designed to support skill development at home.
Refer to Understanding Your Child’s Assessment Results to assist families in becoming more knowledgeable about progress monitoring and supporting learning at home.
When sharing assessment results with parents, refer to our Family-Friendly Description of Assessment Measures.
Teachers can collect valuable information on their student’s development by sharing these forms with families and asking them to give feedback about their child. Each form is aligned to the CPM measures to support the integration of family information into instructional planning. Family Observation Forms are available in English and Spanish.
Along with Family Observation forms, parent reports are available to help teachers communicate assessment results with families. View how-to guides for printing parent reports and viewing results online:
CLI Engage provides a CIRCLE Activity Collection specifically designed to support children’s skill development at home with their parents and families. The CIRCLE Activity Collection: Family can be accessed on mobile devices and does not require a login. This collection provides a variety of hands-on activities that families can do at home. This collection is organized around seven learning domains: Language & Communication, Reading & Writing, Math, Science, Social & Emotional, Physical Development, and Art & Sensory.
CLI’s family engagement resources make the most of procedures you already have in place, such as progress monitoring, homework, parent-teacher conferences, and open houses.
The Education Advisement Team is eager to answer all your CPM related questions and understands that many educators may have common concerns. In this section, we’ve compiled some of the top questions we’ve received throughout the years. We hope this FAQ will help you find your answers quickly and easily. Do you have extra questions not listed on this FAQ? Contact us!
Assessment windows are decided by each district, please contact your district leadership to find the specific dates for your district. Guidance on assessment windows can also be found on TEA’s website; see “PK-2nd Grade Assessment Calendar Key Dates and Requirements” calendar.
The supporting resources for CPM administration have been updated to reflect any changes needed with the updated Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines.
It’s important for all educators to keep in mind that assessment tools, such as CPM, do not explicitly evaluate each of the PKG items. Valid and reliable assessment tools like CPM are aligned to state or national standards however will not explicitly measure every single standard or guideline. The reason for this is that standards and guidelines change, therefore assessment tool vendors and their researchers and statisticians work hard to create bell curve models to help us understand where students may typically land within the scope of skills that are measured in the tool, which align to the standards and/or guidelines. This reduces the desire to “teach to the test,” and instead gain an accurate, reliable snapshot of where a student is in their academic development based on data gathered through research.
CPM was designed and validated as a criterion-referenced assessment. Criterion-referenced means that we are referencing how scores compare to a criterion such as a cut score or a benchmark. CPM is a standardized, criterion-referenced tool that relates well to established standardized tests and is sensitive to growth in children’s skills over time. In other words, CPM assesses the whole child in alignment to the updated guidelines and while taking state standards into consideration. We can ensure that given the nature of our criterion-referenced measures, CPM continues to align with the updated Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines.
Assessment as part of the teaching and learning cycle reveals a starting point for planning instruction. There will certainly be students in your classroom that may already have proficient skills in content that has not yet been introduced. In these cases, assessment is useful for higher level scaffolding extensions. The results of the assessment will also be a guide for planning more targeted interventions for those students that need additional support.