This book is written for the teacher who wants to understand and deliver an effective educational program for all young children from birth through age 8. Accordingly, it reflects the knowledge base of early childhood and early childhood special education. It provides illustrations of appropriate practice for prospective teachers and discusses current trends for experienced teachers. It approaches assessment as an integral part of the teaching and learning process. Key components of the assessment system include cultural sensitivity,family collaboration, and a vision of inclusionary practice in all early childhood environments—child care and school. Relevant professional standards are addressed throughout. The text is written in nontechnical language with support from the most current research. All “hot topics” are included as well—standards-based and outcomes-based teaching, high-stakes testing, response to intervention (RTI), coping with legislative demands, as well as relevant technology in the assessment process.
- Terms to Know, Focus Questions, Reflection Questions, Technology Links, Out-of-Class Activities, Case Vignettes, Activities for Classroom Discussion, and Suggested Further Readings are provided for each chapter.
- New Voices from the Field feature, which are summaries of conversations between educators in schools/centers and the author.
- Checklists and rating sheets, portfolio templates, test review guideline, glossary, child development milestone guide, and practical examples throughout the text.
New elements to this edition include:
- Increased attention to English Language Learners and the process of Response to Invervention (RTI).
- Updated research, websites, and recommended readings for each chapter.
- New Voices from the Field feature.
- Expanded discussion of assessment instruments such as, Classroom Assessment Scoring System CLASS™, The Ounce Scale™, and Work Sampling System™ and technology applied to assessment.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 A Comprehensive Assessment System for Birth Through Age 8
Chapter 2 Developing Family Partnerships in Assessment
Chapter 3 Observation as the Key Method in the System
Chapter 4 Using Basic Concepts of Measurement
New Paradigms in Assessment
Importance of Basic Concepts of Measurement for Teachers
Standardization and Norms
Different Types of Test Scores
Guidelines for Test Evaluation
Chapter 5 Testing: Choosing the Right Measure
Tests in the Assessment System
Early Childhood Tests and Their Use
Coordination of Testing Programs
Role of Alternative Assessment Strategies in the Classroom
Structured Questions to Identify Student-Learning Processes
Strength-Based Assessment and Intervention
Curriculum-Based Language Assessment
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Chapter 7 Record Keeping, Reporting, and Collaborating with Families and Others
Record Keeping and Reporting in the Assessment System
Maintaining Confidentiality of Assessment Information
Involving Parents in Assessment
Conferencing with Parents
Grading in the Early Years
Preparing Report Cards
When Families Are Clients
Reporting to Other Stakeholders
Chapter 8 Building a Child Study
Child Studies in the Assessment System
Purposes of Child Studies
Elements of a Child Study
Chapter 9 Special Issues in Infant and Toddler Assessment
The Total Assessment Process of Infants and Toddlers
The Importance of Assessment in the First 3 Years
Unique Aspects of Infants and Toddlers
Principles That Guide Infant and Toddler Assessmen
Ecologically and Developmentally Relevant Assessment Strategies
The Integration of Assessment Information into Programming
Documenting Infant/Toddler Progress In Typical Care Situations
Chapter 10 Issues in Preschool Assessment
Preschool Assessment System Issues
Selection for the Preschool Program
Choosing a Screening Instrument
Planning for Instruction
Referral for Special Services
Transition to Kindergarten or First Grade
Chapter 11 Special Issues in Primary Grades
Primary Assessment Systems Issues
Transition from Preschool
Assessing Teaching Level
Performance Assessment with Technology
Individualized Academic Tests
Appendix A Self-Assessment Pretest Associated with Terms to Know
Appendix B Child Development Chart for Typical Development
Appendix C Selected Early Childhood Tests to Consider for Use in Educational and Child-Care Settings
Appendix E Choosing Technology and Software to Support Assessment
Appendix F Portfolio Template
Appendix G Child Interview Protocols
Appendix H Example Forms for Collecting Assessment Information
Appendix I Chicago Early Development Screening Inventory for Teachers II
Appendix J Websites that Address Assessment For Teachers of Young Children
Appendix K Assessment Bibliography for Kindergarten and Primary Teachers
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