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Early childhood assessment information for educators

Early Childhood Assessment:

Information for Educators


Overview

Overview

  • What and why it is important

  • Early Childhood vs. K-12 assessment

  • Types of child assessment systems

  • Training opportunities

  • Equipment, materials, resources

  • Parent Involvement

  • Role of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care


What is early childhood assessment

What is Early Childhood Assessment?

  • Process of observing, recording, and documenting work of children

  • Allows educators to make the best decisions for the child

  • Methods can include standardized tests observations, child portfolios, teacher or parent checklists and child-parent interviews

  • Child screening vs. assessment


Why is early childhood assessment important

Why is Early Childhood Assessment Important?

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  • Increasing attention to how children are progressing

  • Measuring young children’s progress is different from other ages

  • Improves interactions and

    teaching

  • Identifies children

    with special needs


What about a child is assessed

What about a child is assessed?

  • Emotional/Social: expressing feelings, forming friendships, resolving conflicts with others

  • Language: listening and talking

  • Physical: using pencils (fine motor skills), climbing and running (gross motor skills)

  • Cognitive: numbers, colors, and patterns

  • Approaches to Learning: curiosity and excitement about learning and ways of learning new information


How does early childhood assessment differ from k 12 th grade assessment

How does early childhood assessment differ from K-12th grade assessment?

  • K – 12th grade assessment places emphasis on academic knowledge

  • Early childhood assessment places emphasis on all aspects of a child’s development


How does early childhood assessment differ from k 12 th grade assessment continued

How does early childhood assessment differ from K-12th grade assessment continued…

K-12th grade assessment uses mainly tests, quizzes and standardized tests.

Early childhood assessment uses child observations, developmental checklists and child portfolios

Both are used to guide decisions about…

Child interventions

Resources

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Types of child assessment systems

Types of Child Assessment Systems

  • Program-developed child assessment tools

    • Pros

    • Cons


Types of child assessment systems cont

Types of Child Assessment Systems cont…

  • Published (or packaged) child assessment tools

    • Pros

    • Cons


Training opportunities on early childhood assessment

Training Opportunities on Early Childhood Assessment

  • Opportunities for staff to better understand early childhood assessment

    • College courses

    • Training by publishers

    • Offerings through local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency

    • EEC Professional Development calendar: www.eec.state.ma.us/ProfessionalDevelopment/WebFindTraining.aspx


Suggested equipment materials and resources

Suggested Equipment, Materials, and Resources

  • Equipment: computer, printer, digital camera, high-speed internet

  • Materials: notebooks for portfolios, photo paper, paper, clip boards, post-it notes

  • Resources: assessment tool-kits, books/articles on early childhood assessment


How can parents be involved in the early childhood assessment process

How can Parents be Involved in the Early Childhood Assessment Process?

  • Enrollment

  • On-site developmental screenings

  • Parent Checklists

  • Parent/Teacher conferences


What is massachusetts currently doing around early childhood assessment

What is Massachusetts currently doing around early childhood assessment?

  • Universal Pre-Kindergarten Pilot Project

    • Assessment Planning Grants

  • More information: www.eec.state.ma.us


Upk eligible child assessment tools

UPK Eligible Child Assessment Tools

  • Creative Curriculum’s Developmental Continuum or CreativeCurriculum.net

  • Work Sampling System

  • High Scope Child Observation Record

  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire


In closing

In closing…

  • Suggested articles specific to early childhood assessment

  • Contact at the Dept. of Early Education and Care:

    Jennifer Louis

    Dept. of Early Education and Care

    51 Sleeper St., 4th Floor

    Boston, MA 02210

    (617)988-6640

    [email protected]


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