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WHAT IS THE EDI?

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is an internationally recognized tool that provides a holistic, citywide snapshot of young children’s health, development, and school readiness in five key areas, known as domains:

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LANGUAGE & COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

Size of vocabulary and ability to name letters, solving problems, pretending and using imagination, and demonstrate emergent literacy skills (word sounds). Cognitive skills involve the ways in which children perceive, organize, and analyze information.

Examples

Basic literacy skills, can handle a book, identify letters and attach sound, show awareness of rhyming words, know writing directions, write name, have no difficulty remembering things, can count to 20, recognize shapes and numbers, understand concepts like sorting and combining.

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GENERAL KNOWLEDGE & COMMUNICATION SKILLS

The ability to understand verbal communications with adults and children and to verbally communicate experiences, ideas, wishes, and feelings in a way that can be understood by others.

Examples

Can communicate thoughts easily and effectively, participate in story-telling, articulate clearly, shows adequate general knowledge (objects around them, daily occurrences, routine), proficient in their native language.

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PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Absence of disease or impairment, access to adequate and appropriate nutrition, and possess the gross and fine motor skills needed to complete common kindergarten and first grade tasks (i.e. controlling a pencil, turning book pages without tearing the pages).

Examples

Gross motor skills- refers to movements of large muscles (think legs, stomach, neck...)
Fine motor skills- refers to movements of small muscles (think hands and fingers)

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SOCIAL COMPETENCE

The ability to meet general standards of acceptable behavior, cooperate with others, show respect for adult authority, and communicate feelings and needs in a socially acceptable manner.

Examples

Self-confident, gets along with others, showing respect for people and property, takes care of materials, follows rules, accepts responsibility for actions, can follow instruction and routine, adjusts to changes easily, are curious about the world and eager to explore new things.

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EMOTIONAL MATURITY

Characterized by a balance between a child’s curiosity about the world, and eagerness to try new experiences, and some ability to reflect before acting.

Examples

Show helping behaviors, offering to help those hurt or upset, appear happy and to enjoy school, comfortable being left by caregiver (attachment), rarely use aggression to solve problems, typically not mean to others, rare temper tantrums, waiting their turn, most of the time thinking before doing, can concentrate.

WHAT DID MIDLAND'S EDI RESULTS SHOW?

MIDLAND ISD, 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

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Midland's Neighborhoods by the Numbers

Typical Midland Kindergarten Classroom

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In spring of the 2016-2017 school year, the EDI showed nearly half of kindergarten students in Midland ISD were not ready for school.

WHAT CAN I DO?

  • Read to your child

  • Reduce screen time

  • Sing

  • Count with them

  • Go outside

  • Play

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