This course addresses issues of assessment related to the practice of early childhood education. We begin with foundations for assessment, including principles and recommended practices, and how to evaluate assessment instruments. Subsequently, we examine how assessment data can be used in decision-making at the child, class, and program level.
Course and Student Learning Objectives
By the end of this course, students will:
1. Compare and contrast different purposes and types of assessment techniques and how they can be used to improve services for young children.
2. Apply the basic properties of assessment and assessment scores (reliability, validity, and authenticity), demonstrating the importance of considering these properties in selecting assessment techniques for different purposes.
3. Evaluate formal, informal, traditional, and alternative assessment techniques and the extent to which they are appropriate for various purposes such as screening, eligibility determination, program planning, and program evaluation.
4. Apply informal assessment techniques to assess child and program qualities in order to plan future instruction and environmental arrangements.
5. Critique commonly used commercial assessments, as well as informal assessment practices regarding their utility and validity for use with individual children with diverse needs as well as program evaluation.