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First Performances Overview

First Performances™ is a suite of engaging observational assessments in Literacy and Mathematics for Pre-K–Grade 3 that allows teachers to monitor each child's progress along key benchmarks aligned to national and state curriculum standards.

Assessment Type

  • Observational
  • Diagnostic
  • Formative

Delivery Format

  • Hands-on and verbal activities

Scoring Options

  • Hand scoring

First Performances Product Family

Choose any or all of these products, depending on your assessment needs.

Measures children's progress on literacy benchmarks, covering Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Listening, and Writing skills.

Subject Areas and Grades

  • Literacy (Grades K–3)


  • One-on-one interviews
  • Fox puppet to help engage students

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Measures conceptual development in literacy and math in the year before kindergarten. Skills measured include Oral Language, Phonological Awareness, Alphabet Knowledge, Print and Book Awareness, Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, and Measurement.

Subject Areas and Grades

  • Literacy and Math (Grades Pre-K)


  • One-on-one observational activities

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Measures children's understanding of mathematical concepts using engaging hands-on activities. Skills measured include Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, and Measurement.

Subject Areas and Grades

  • Math (Grades K–3)


  • One-on-one, hands-on observational activities

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Applicable Grants

ESEA: Title I, School Improvement Grants