The Brigance Early Childhood Screen II is a tool to identify strengths and weaknesses in children in six domains: language development, literacy, math, science, social and emotional development, physical health and development, and approaches to learning. The Brigance helps identify children with delays, those who are developing at a typical rate and those who are advanced in their development.
Measuring children's knowledge, skills and abilities in the six domains and comparing that information to a representative national sample allows teachers and caregivers to help set goals focused on preparing children for success in kindergarten. Identifying strengths and gaps provides early opportunities for enhancement or remediation.
In 2016, 63% of more than 1,800 Rochester pre-kindergarten children screened scored at levels 3 or 4, representing typical or advanced development. This was similar to the 2015 level of 64%. The remaining 37% were delayed or below expected performance levels.
The Brigance screening tool was used for the first time in the Rochester Early Childhood Assessment Partnership in the 2012-13 school year. A new edition of the Brigance was used for screening in 2013-14. Students are assessed as part of the Rochester Early Childhood Assessment Partnership aimed at promoting quality pre-K classrooms within the City of Rochester.