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Assessing Young Children, CourseSmart eTextbook, 4th Edition

By Gayle Mindes

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Mar 23, 2010

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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.


Features include:

  • 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


                        The Age Span of Early Childhood

                        Matching Assessment Methods to Early Childhood Settings

                        Stakeholders in the Process

                        Defining and Creating a Comprehensive Assessment System

                        Current Issues in the Assessment of Young Children



Chapter 2         Developing Family Partnerships in Assessment


                        Family Partnerships in the Assessment System

                        Methods for Obtaining Information from Families

                        Parents’ Educational Programs

                        Family—Teacher Collaboration

                        Parents’ Rights



Chapter 3        Observation as the Key Method in the System


                        Observation in the Assessment System–Planning, Deciding, and Recording



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

                        Diagnostic Testing

                        Coordination of Testing Programs  

                        Performance Assessment



Chapter 6     Using Alternative Assessment Strategies

                        Role of Alternative Assessment Strategies in the Classroom

                        Play-Based Assessment

                        Structured Questions to Identify Student-Learning Processes

                        Task Analysis

                        Dynamic Assessment  

                        Ecological Assessment

                        Functional Assessment

                        Strength-Based Assessment and Intervention  

                        Curriculum-Based Language Assessment

                        Multiple Intelligences

                        Response to Intervention (RTI) 

                        Prereferral Screening



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

                        Multidisciplinary Staffing 

                        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

                        Conducting a Child Study to Determine Teaching or Intervention Strategies

                        Examples of Child Studies



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


                        Standards-Based Teaching

                        Achievement Testing 

                        Textbook Tests 

                        Individualized Academic Tests

                        Test Prep



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 D    Test Evaluation Guidelines  

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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