Early Childhood Assessment:: Why, What, and How

Early Childhood Assessment:: Why, What, and How

ISBN-10:
0309124654
ISBN-13:
9780309124652
Pub. Date:
11/21/2008
Publisher:
National Academies Press
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Early Childhood Assessment:: Why, What, and How

Programs to increase the school readiness of young children are now being asked to prove their worth, but excellent care and education of young children does not necessarily translate to performance in defined academic areas. While a well-planned and effective assessment program can inform teaching and program improvement, it can be inappropriate and harmful to base high-stakes decisions-like those that determine program funding or children's eligibility for services-solely or primarily on assessments of young children. Children from minority cultures, English language learners, and children with special needs also present assessment challenges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780309124652
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publication date: 11/21/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Summary 1

Part I Early Childhood Assessment 13

1 Introduction 15

2 Purposeful Assessment 27

3 Perspectives on Early Childhood Learning Standards and Assessment 43

Part II Child-Level Outcomes and Measures 57

4 Screening Young Children 61

5 Assessing Learning and Development 85

6 Measuring Quality in Early Childhood Environments 145

Part III How to Assess 179

7 Judging the Quality and Utility of Assessments 181

8 Assessing All Children 233

9 Implementation of Early Childhood Assessments 281

Part IV Assessing Systematically 299

10 Thinking Systematically 301

11 Guidance on Outcomes and Assessments 341

References 377

Appendixes

A Glossary of Terms Related to Early Childhood Assessment 423

B Information on Stakeholder Forum 429

C Development of State Standards for Early Childhood Education 437

D Sources of Detailed Information on Test and Assessment Instruments 449

E Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff 455

Index 465

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