Ch 12: Assessment Strategies for Early Childhood

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Using the lessons in this chapter, explore methods for assessing educational performance in early childhood. Track your way through the chapter on your Dashboard.

Assessment Strategies for Early Childhood - Chapter Summary

Supporting young children as they develop, learn and explore can be such a gratifying experience. In this chapter, you'll review strategies for assessing young students' growth throughout the academic year. Specifically, you'll examine:

  • Forms of assessment and how to use them properly
  • Formal and informal assessments
  • Assessment procedures
  • Peer and self-assessment
  • Observational assessment
  • Utilizing multiple data sources
  • Assessing diverse learners
  • Incorporating family and professionals into assessments
  • Using assessment data to influence curriculum
  • Reporting progress to students and family

The lessons in this chapter have been designed by educators in the field. They have been developed specially to keep you engaged in the learning process. Some lessons contain a short video to illustrate the material. Other lessons are text-based and work as a great resource for taking notes. You can take self-assessment quizzes as you work your way through the chapter to test your knowledge.

12 Lessons in Chapter 12: Assessment Strategies for Early Childhood
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Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

1. Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

Educators often need to assess students' learning and achievement. There are multiple forms of assessments that educators use to not only gain knowledge about a student's level of understanding but also to guide the direction of future lessons and course curriculum. This lesson will differentiate between formal and informal assessments and paper-pencil versus performance-based assessments used in educational settings.

Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom

2. Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom

Assessments are excellent tools in the classroom. Used properly, they provide invaluable information about student knowledge and progress. However, if misused, assessments can misrepresent the actual knowledge and learning taking place in the classroom. This lesson will discuss the use and misuse of standardized assessments.

Formal Assessments: Examples & Types

3. Formal Assessments: Examples & Types

Formal assessments are tests that systematically measure how well a student has mastered learning outcomes. Learn more about formal assessments and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Informal Assessments in the Classroom: Examples & Types

4. Informal Assessments in the Classroom: Examples & Types

In this lesson, we will discuss informal assessments used in the classroom. We will cover what informal assessments are and look at some types and examples, and then you will be asked to take a short quiz to assess your comprehension.

Early Childhood & Preschool Assessment Procedures

5. Early Childhood & Preschool Assessment Procedures

Why should very young children be assessed? This lesson will cover the differences between assessing preschoolers vs. elementary-aged children, and different types of assessments that can be used.

Student Self-Assessment & Peer Assessment

6. Student Self-Assessment & Peer Assessment

Student self-assessment and peer assessment are useful tools to help students learn important reflection and critical thinking skills. This lesson will review how self-assessment and peer assessment can be used in your classroom.

Using Direct Observation to Assess Student Learning

7. Using Direct Observation to Assess Student Learning

Teachers use all sorts of methods to determine what students learn. One method is direct observation. This lesson defines the term and explains how it is used in the classroom. Read on for details.

Using Multiple Data Sources for Assessments

8. Using Multiple Data Sources for Assessments

What is the best way for teachers to assess their students' knowledge and skills? In this lesson, we'll discuss different types of assessments and why using multiple data sources to assess learning is best for students and teachers alike.

Factors in the Assessment of Diverse Learners

9. Factors in the Assessment of Diverse Learners

Educators know that not all students are the same and many aspects can influence assessment outcomes. This lesson reviews these influences and discusses their impact on outcomes.

Involving Family & Other Professionals in Child Assessments

10. Involving Family & Other Professionals in Child Assessments

In this lesson, we will look at the kinds of professionals who might be involved in child assessments and how to encourage the family to participate in the ongoing assessment of their children.

Benefits of Using Assessment Data to Drive Instruction

11. Benefits of Using Assessment Data to Drive Instruction

Assessments are powerful tools that can give you precise data about student learning. Using that data to drive instruction is incredibly important for effective teaching. This lesson will detail some benefits of using data to drive instruction.

How to Report Learning Progress to Students & Parents

12. How to Report Learning Progress to Students & Parents

This lesson describes how to communicate learning progress. It specifically focuses on the tools of summative documentation, formative communication, and standardized documentation.

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