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Early Childhood Assessment:

Information for Early Childhood Program Administrators


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Overview

What and why it is important

Early Childhood vs. K-12 assessment

Types of child assessment systems

Support to staff

Use of data

Equipment, materials, resources

Parent Involvement

Role of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

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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 and parent checklists and child and parent interviews

Child screening vs. assessment

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Why is Early Childhood Assessment Important?

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  • Growing emphasis on early childhood assessment

  • Better decisions regarding teaching and learning

  • Identifying children

    with special needs

  • Program Improvement


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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

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

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

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


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

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

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

  • Program-developed child assessment tools

    • Pros

    • Cons

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Types of Child Assessment Systems cont…

  • Published (or packaged) child assessment tools

    • Pros

    • Cons

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Choosing an Appropriate Assessment System

  • A well-designed assessment system:

    • Considers all domains of child development

    • Is developmentally appropriate

    • Aligned with your curriculum and the state’s early learning standards

    • Reliable, valid, and fair

    • Captures growth over a period of time


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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

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Ways to Support Your Staff in the Assessment Process

  • Confidential observations

  • Assistance in writing summary statements

  • ELL staff and observations

  • Computer access

  • Staff meeting agenda item

  • Time for training and implementation

  • Staff planning time


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Using Child Assessment Data

  • Evaluate effectiveness

  • Staff support

  • Better inform parents

  • Assist in child transitions

  • Identify children who need

    special services

  • Program improvement


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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

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

  • Enrollment

  • On-site developmental screenings

  • Parent Checklists

  • Parent/Teacher conferences

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What is Massachusetts currently doing around early childhood assessment?

  • Universal Pre-Kindergarten Pilot Project

    • Assessment Planning Grants

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


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UPK Eligible Child Assessment Tools assessment?

  • Creative Curriculum’s Developmental Continuum or CreativeCurriculum.net

  • Work Sampling System

  • High Scope Child Observation Record

  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire

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In closing… assessment?

  • 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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