Early Learning Assessment

The Ohio Early Learning Assessment (ELA) is a formative assessment that captures information about young children’s development across multiple learning domains. The ELA is administered to all preschool children who are attending program sites funded by the Ohio Department of Education and is designed to be used throughout the school year to track individual children’s growth.


Assessment tools can be ordered through the JFS Online Order System http://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/inter.asp) using the following order numbers:

ELA-Ten Required Learning Progressions-01245
ELA- Complete Assessment Binder- 01265

Directions on Ordering


The Child Outcomes Summary form (COS) is a tool utilized by preschool special education teachers to document a child’s progress. The COS captures information on children’s progress in the acquisition and use of knowledge and skills, positive emotional skills and the use of appropriate behaviors to meet their needs.

Child Outcomes Summary Form

COS Reference Guide

COS Quality Assurance Checklist Directions https://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Special-Education/Preschool-Special-Education/COS-Checklist-Directions.pdf.aspx)

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