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Assessment of young children’s progress and achievements is ongoing, strategic, and purposeful. The results of assessment are used to inform the planning and implementing of experiences, to communicate with the child’s family, and to evaluate and improve teachers’ and the program’s effectiveness.

—Carol Copple and Sue Bredenkamp,
Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs: Serving Children From Birth Through Age 8


Discussion 1: Choosing the Proper Assessment

Assessment is key to learning where a child is in his or her development, learning what the child knows, and learning where you need to go next with your lessons. It does not serve students well to have a lesson without assessment and not using assessment to guide your next steps. Based on your previous research on intervention assessments and strategies, you will now create an assessment scenario for your peers to attempt to answer.

Base this on your research, your knowledge of the assessment, and condition, as well as the age of the child and learning environment. Challenge your peers, but also provide enough information to guide the choice. Choose a scenario to respond to what challenges you as well. Your score comes from your posts, rationales, and feedback, not whether you select the right assessment in your response!

To prepare:

· Review and reflect on the four listed articles for this module and the recommended Learning Resources.

· Create a brief scenario/case study based on your research and readings from the previous weeks’ assignments that will require your peers to choose an assessment that is appropriate for the situation. Give enough information on the child and the situation, but not so much as to provide an answer quickly. Make sure you indicate the age of the child.

By Day 3 of Week 7

Post your scenario.

By Day 5 of Week 7

Select a posted scenario and indicate the assessment you would choose for this child at this point in time.

Explain the following:

· Why this is the best assessment for this child

· What information this assessment will provide

Support your rationale with research.

Try to choose a scenario that has not already been addressed by another peer. Indicate how you would determine if these assessments are culturally responsive?







Madaus, J., Rinaldi, C., Bigaj, S., & Chafouleas, S. M. (2009). An examination of current assessment practices in northeastern school districts. Assessment for Effective Interventions, 34(2), 86–93. .


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