Assessment of Child Progress

How would we know if the children are developing well and learning what we want them to learn?

We use an Assessment in our early childhood programs. To best assess young children’s strengths, progress, and needs, use assessment methods that are developmentally ap­propriate, culturally and linguistically responsive, tied to children’s daily activities, supported by professional development, inclusive of families, and connected to specific, beneficial purposes. The purposes of doing assessment are: (1) making sound decisions about teaching and learning, (2) identifying significant concerns that may require focused intervention for individual children, and (3) helping programs improve their educational and developmental interventions.

Indicators of effective assessment practices

  • Ethical principles guide assessment practices.
  • Assessment instruments are used for their intended purposes.
  • Assessments are appropriate for ages and other characteristics of children being assessed.
  • Assessment instruments are in compliance with professional criteria for quality.
  • What is assessed is developmentally and educationally significant.
  • Assessment evidence is used to understand and improve learning.
  • Assessment evidence is gathered from realistic settings and situations that reflect children’s actual performance.
  • Assessments use multiple sources of evidence gathered over time.
  • Screening is always linked to follow-up.
  • Use of individually administered, norm-referenced tests is limited.
  • Staff and families are knowledgeable about assessment.


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You will find classes on Assessment and Planning for individual needs in the Think Small Catalogue under Content Area III (Link to catalogue)

To learn more about partnering with Families and Communities, look for training under Content Area V  (Link to catalogue)