ESGI’s Test Explorer contains assessments which can be used as-is, or edited to meet the needs of individual teachers, or districts.


ESGI’s Pre-Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten assessments include basic developmental skills and observational assessments. They have been developed to align to preschool foundational standards as well as CCSS for Kindergarten. These assessments are often used for Kinder Readiness testing.

Examples of Pre-K Skills:

  • Cognitive
  • Cognitive-Color
  • Cognitive-Shape
  • Fine and Gross Motor
  • Language and Communication
  • Kinder Readiness Skills

Examples of TK Skills:

  • Writes Name
  • Draws Self
  • Names of Colors
  • Names of Shapes
  • Counts to 20
  • Names Uppercase Letters
  • Counts 0-9
  • Knows Positional Words
  • Demonstrates Pre-Reading Skills


ESGI’s preloaded assessments were developed by education luminaries who have decades of experience in early childhood education. Learn more about the authors and their assessments on our Friends of ESGI webpages.

ESGI’s preloaded, standards-aligned Kindergarten knowledge and skills assessments include:

  • CCSS (K)
  • NYS NEXT Gen
  • FL B.E.S.T (K)

Examples of Kindergarten Skills:

  • Uppercase and Lowercase Letters
  • Sounds
  • CVC Words
  • Initial and Final Sounds
  • Rhyming
  • Blending
  • Number Recognition
  • Coin Identification
  • Patterning
  • Shapes

1st/2nd Grade

1st and 2nd grade teachers are required to individualize instruction for all students. The assessments for these grade levels are standards-aligned and designed to meet the instructional needs of all students. With ESGI, 1st and 2nd grade teachers can choose two ways to assess: One-on-One or Student Self-Assess. Find out more here.

1st/2nd Grade Test Series:

  • CCSS
  • Guiding Math
  • Engaging Readers
  • Sight Words
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Reading Intervention
  • Social-Emotional Learning

Examples of 1st Grade Skills:

  • Segmenting
  • Decode CVC Words
  • Final e/Vowel Teams
  • Inflectional Endings
  • Spelling Patterns
  • Addition and Subtraction Word Problems
  • Understanding Tens
  • Apply Properties of +/-

Examples of 2nd Grade Skills:

  • Fluency
  • Key Details in Literature
  • Conventions
  • Main Idea
  • Informational Text
  • Word Problems
  • Add and Subtract within 100
  • Time to Nearest 5 Minute
  • Money

Struggling Readers

ESGI offers two different reading intervention assessment series. Both assessment series are research-based and are very unique in their respective approaches to reading assessment and intervention.

Dr. Kathy Crane has carefully developed a series of 19 reading assessments over the course of a year based on the latest reading research. With her Reading Intervention Assessment Series, teachers can quickly target instruction based on the needs of each child. Dr. Crane is a veteran early childhood teacher with advanced degrees in early childhood and reading.

Donna Whyte is an educator, national consultant, and presenter, curriculum developer and Friend of ESGI. She shares her comprehensive series of reading intervention assessments which are directly aligned to her research-proven Reading Aptitude Continuum instructional program. You can learn more about the research on this series here.


Special Ed teachers use ESGI to differentiate instruction by using skill-level appropriate tests. ESGI’s copy test feature allows teachers to use any test found in the ESGI Test Explorer and modify to meet student needs. Educators can also easily create their own assessments as needed to align with IEPs and targeted interventions. ESGI has Functional Skills assessments which test skills such as tying shoes, washing dishes, and folding.


Social Emotional Learning tests by Donna Whyte allow educators to establish a baseline on the MTSS scale for students’ social-emotional skills. Donna Whyte is a nationally renowned educator, presenter, consultant, curriculum developer, and Friend of ESGI.

These observational tests are appropriate for all grade levels and are listed below.

  • Empathy
  • Acceptance
  • Cooperation
  • Participation
  • Patience
  • Responsibility
  • Follows Directions
  • Listening
  • Communication
  • Manners
  • Well-Adjusted
  • Identifies Emotions
  • Manages Emotions
  • Self-Confidence
  • Emotional Self-Control
  • Trust
  • Adapts to Change
  • Displays Respect
  • Physical Self-Control
  • Language and Tone
  • Environmental Interaction
  • Peer-to-Peer Interaction
  • Rules and Routines
  • Independence