Discuss the advantages of using the assessment.

According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the assessment of children’s development and learning is essential for teachers and programs in order to plan, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of the classroom experiences.

For this assignment, you will create an informal assessment presentation that you could share with prospective employers, your administrator, or other teachers and colleagues. Since you will be presenting to others in the field, there is no need to explain the basics of the assessment; rather, use this assignment to dive deeper with your explanation. This presentation should be a showcase of the knowledge you have regarding three specific informal assessments that are developmentally appropriate for children as well as your critical reflection of how you view the assessment adding to the quality of your program for your children.

Choose THREE specific assessments from the list below: (Some Examples Attached)


  • Anecdotal Records
  • Checklists
  • Event Sampling
  • Portfolios
  • Rating Scales
  • Rubrics
  • Running Record
  • Teacher and Child Self-Assessments
  • Time Sampling


For each assessment:


  1. Describe how the assessment will be used to support the following areas:
  • Planning and Adapting Curriculum
  • Improving Teacher and Program Effectiveness
  • Tracking Children’s Progress for Teachers and Families
  • Screening for Special Needs.

Discuss the advantages of using the assessment.  Explain the potential obstacles of using the assessment.  Develop a plan of action to attempt to overcome obstacles.


While the required content will stay the same, you may be creative with how you will present your work. Some ideas include:


  1. Visual/Text. You can create a text-based reflection using Word, PowerPoint, or PDF format to send to individuals throughout your career. If you select this option, it is suggested that you save your work as a PDF, which would allow you to send the file to potential employers in a widely accessible, professional format.




Required Resources


  1. Krogh, S. (2013). A Bridge to the Classroom and Early Care: ECE Capstone. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
  • Chapter 5: Assessment and Evaluation: The Background


  1. Pretti-Frontczak, K., Carta, J. J., Dropkin, E., Fox, L., Grisham-Brown, J., Pope Edwards, C., & Sandall, S. (2013, February 7). Frameworks for response to intervention in early childhood: Description and implications. Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/RTI%20in%20Early%20Childhood_0.pdf


  1. Heald, S. & Zaur, J. (2013). ECE 430: Week 4 case study: Assessment/resources. Ashford University, College of Education, San Diego, CA.
  • In Case Study 4, Mrs. Ashland reflects on the day.  As a result of her reflection, we see examples of the role of collaborative support of children including family partnerships, administrative support, community resource use and assessment shared decision making.


Recommended Resources


  1. Snow, K. (2011).  Developing kindergarten readiness and other large-scale assessment systemsNAEYC Center for Applied Research.  Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/research/Assessment_Systems.pdf
  • This report discusses specific considerations that take into account opportunities and serious cautions in the appropriate use of kindergarten readiness assessments.


  1. Candice Broom. (2011, June 3). Deacon’s PYP IB Portfolio for EY3 [Video File]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiTea-LUD_Y
  • This is an example of an ePortfolio created by an early childhood classroom teacher to showcase a 3 year olds learning.

The Iris Center. (2012). Classroom assessment (Part 1): An introduction to monitoring academic achievement in the classroom. Retrieved from http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/gpm/chalcycle.htm

  • This module discusses how progress monitoring can affect the academic outcomes of students, and it demonstrates how to implement curriculum-based measurement with a classroom of students.

The Iris Center. (2012). Classroom assessment (Part 2): Evaluating reading progress. Retrieved from http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/rpm/chalcycle.htm

  • This module explores in detail the assessment procedures integral to RTI. It also outlines how to use progress monitoring data to determine if a student is meeting the established performance criteria or if more intensive.


  1. Pre-K Student Portfolios (http://www.prekinders.com/student-portfolios)
  • This website offers templates and tools for use in the pre-k classroom.

Jing (http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html)

  • Jing gives you the basic tools to start sharing images and short videos of f your computer screen.
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