Since 2002, HIDOE has been using the group-focused Hawai'i State School Readiness Assessment (HSSRA) to assess children's readiness for school and schools' readiness for children for the majority of a class (at 75% or higher). Although the information gathered from the results of HSSRA has been valuable, it is apparent that information about individual students is essential for two main reasons: (a) to provide teachers and educators with specific information about each student that would allow them to tailor their curriculum and practices to meet the learning needs of each student, and (b) to provide researchers and policymakers with data that would allow them to track learning experiences by student across the educational agencies.

After an extensive research, Hawai'i P-3 learned that a number of states have decided to use Teaching Strategies GOLDR (TS GOLD), as the tool for an individualized kindergarten assessment or inventory to check individual student readiness for kindergarten. Moreover, Hawai'i P-3 discovered that all of Head Start grantees in Hawai'i and KCAA Preschools of Hawai'i are using TS GOLD as an ongoing formative assessment of students enrolled in their programs. Finally, TS GOLD is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, a set of K-12 standards adopted by the State of Hawai'i.

In October 2012, the first cohort of twenty-four (24) kindergarten teachers from twelve (12) elementary schools volunteered to pilot the TS GOLD online system for 2012-2013 school year, which translated to impacting approximately 500 kindergarten students. For the 2013-2014 School Year, the pilot program expanded to include 40 elementary schools in six HIDOE Complex Areas, including those on Maui and Island of Hawai'i. Over 180 kindergarten teachers, special education teachers, curriculum support staff and administrators participated in TS GOLD training in the summer of 2013. The second cohort of teachers included 145 kindergarten teachers with a potential impact of over 3,300 kindergarten students.