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What Assessment Means to Early Childhood Educators

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What's In This Kit?
This training kit is designed to introduce teachers to the fundamentals of traditional and alternative assessment strategies. It contains:

  • Expected training outcomes
  • Preparation instructions
  • Training strategies and tips
  • Implementation steps
  • Follow-up activities for teachers
  • Follow-up activities for administrators/directors
  • A learning assessment
  • A training evaluation/further needs assessment
  • A resource list
  • The article "What Assessment Means to Early Childhood Educators" by Angela Notari-Syverson and Angela Losardo
  • A training certificate to award to teachers for attendance and participation
  • A certificate for the trainer and other presenters

Who's the Target Audience?
The target audiences for this kit are beginning and intermediate teachers. This kit explains what assessment is, why it is important, and what the challenges are in assessing young children.

Teacher Skill Level
beginning intermediate advanced
Children's Age Level
infants toddlers preschoolers school-agers birth to 8

Kit Timeline:
Preparation time for this kit is 1.5-2.0 hours. Implementation time is estimated at 1.5 hours.

Training Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will define assessment and explain why it is important.
  2. Teachers will list a variety of methods and strategies available for assessment.
  3. Teachers will distinguish between traditional approaches and alternative approaches to assessment.
  4. Teachers will describe curriculum-based assessment, performance-based assessment, and dynamic assessment.
  5. Teachers will list challenges in assessing young children.

These training outcomes address the following:

  • J-3 of the Accreditation Criteria and Procedures of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (naeyc, 1998).
  • Standard 2, 3, and 4 of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation, Initial Licensure Level (naeyc, 2003).
  • 1304.21(a)(2)(ii) and 1304.21(c)(2) of Head Start Performance Standards (Federal Register, Nov. 5, 1996, Volume 61, Number 215).


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