In what areas does CPAA focus?

The CPAA focuses on PreK through Grade 2 and evaluates student proficiency in language arts/literacy and mathematics.

How were the questions for the CPAA developed?

Teachers and administrators from ERB member schools worked with Children’s Progress to design questions appropriate for the expectations of the schools. Each item was evaluated and analyzed based on a pool of student responses and performance data.

Can CPAA be used with any computer system?

CPAA can be used with either Mac or PC computers, but is not compatible with tablets, such as iPads.

How often can the CPAA assessment be used?

You can use the CPAA assessment as often as you wish, or as often as seems useful. All measures are easy to use and provide immediate data reports.

What is adaptive assessment?

Adaptive assessment is the use of interactive content to evaluate a student’s learning and skill development. To identify a child’s level of mastery, the difficulty of content presented to each student changes with every response he or she makes. If a child is answering questions correctly, the CPAA presents more challenging content until the child either shows mastery or gives an incorrect answer. When a child answers a question incorrectly, the question is posed another way, offering the child a second chance to choose the correct answer.


As part of this adaptive approach, the CPAA uses a patented hinting process, which responds to a child’s errors with targeted instructions and feedback. In this way, the assessment also measures a child’s response to instruction, helping to let teachers know exactly how to help children advance in their learning. Children’s Progress designed this patented dynamic approach to identify a child’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)—the areas of learning where a child is most ready to master a new skill and where teaching support is most helpful.

Products from Children’s Progress are science-based. What does this mean?

Products from Children’s Progress are based on years of expert research in the areas of cognitive psychology, early childhood education, and child development. Most of the research was completed at Columbia University under the direction of Eugene Galanter, Ph.D., a Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Psychophysics Laboratory at Columbia University. This foundational research has informed the design, creation, and content of the assessments, as well as the way results are reported.

Why is it important to assess early learners?

Research has shown that childhood learning is critical to later success in school and life. A child’s development during the early years, particularly in learning to read, forms the foundation on which much of his or her future academic success depends. The CPAA is designed to give educators and parents the information they need to help children grow and develop, so that later learning is built on a sound foundation.

Is it appropriate to assess early learners on a computer?

Yes. In today’s computer-savvy education environment, most children are already familiar with computers or digital games. For children who have not been exposed to a computer, CPAA assessments are designed to be fun and easy for them. What’s more, they include a pre-screen to ensure that children understand how to use the mouse and answer questions on a computer.


Because young children can use a computer and mouse independently, computer-based assessments evaluate skills and knowledge. While students play a fun, engaging computer game, the assessment identifies their skills and needs and automatically generates and reports scores that teachers can read and print.

Is it difficult for students to complete the Children’s Progress assessment?

No. The program is intuitive with a simple point-and-click design that students readily master. The assessment resembles a game with graphics and narration with which students are quickly engaged. The simplicity of the assessment is one of its strongest features, and it takes only 15-30 minutes to complete.

Does the CPAA help when talking to parents?

Yes. The assessments provide objective data that can be used to back up a teacher’s opinions during parent conferences. The clear, easy-to-understand reports can provide graphics that help illustrate a child’s performance.

What is the cost for the CPAA?

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