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"Observation more than books, experience, more that persons, are the prime educators" ---Amos Bronson Alcott
Child Assessment Methods
- Observations can be made with just a slight interruption or no intrusion into children's activities.
- Portfolios are a record of data collected through the work children have produced over period of time. Collection can show the progress of a child's development. The portfolios can be a useful tool to facilitate partnerships between teachers and parents.
- Education Ratings are useful in assessing children’s cognitive and language abilities as well as their social-emotional development. These ratings can be linked to other methods of assessment, such as standardized testing or other assessment tools.
- Parent Ratings integrate parents into the assessment process. Parents who are encouraged to observe and listen to their child can help detect and target important milestones and behaviors in their child’s development.
- Standardized Tests are tests created to fit a set of testing standards. These tests are administered and scored in a standard manner and are often used to assess the performance of children in a program.