What Parents need to know about the purpose of assessment

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  • 1. What Parents Need to Know About the Purpose of Assessment By: Brittney McLimore Produced as a class project at WKU for CFS 294- Fall 2009
  • 2. Assessment is…
    • The ongoing process of gathering, analyzing, and reflecting on evidence to make informed and consistent judgments to improve future student learning.
  • 3. The Purpose of Assessment
    • To gather evidence of learning
    • Used to place young children in infant or early childhood programs or to provide special services
    • To be able to describe what the child has achieved
    • Program planning
    • Research
  • 4. Different forms of assessment
    • Performance task
    • Classroom quizzes
    • Portfolios of student work
    • Teacher observations
    • Standardized test
  • 5. Why Parents Need to Know
    • They need to know about their child’s learning progress so that they can know the areas that their child needs additional assistance in.
  • 6. Parents are needed
    • Parents have an important role in the assessment process so it is important for them to understand the purpose of the assessment that is being done on their child.
    • Infants and toddlers can’t understand their developmental progress so it is up to the parents and caregivers to be able to supply this information to the teachers.
  • 7. Principles for Assessment
    • Assessment should use multiple sources of information.
    • Assessment should benefit the child and improve learning.
    • Assessment should involve the child and family.
    • Assessment should be fair for all children.
  • 8. Assessment Benefits the Child
    • Assessment is mainly used to determine whether the child is developing normally or exhibits delay and may need assistance or intervention.
    • Assessments should not be used unless they benefit the child or enhance their learning in some way.
  • 9. Assessment
    • Methods of assessments are matched with the level of mental, social, and physical development at each stage of their growth.
    • Assessment is needed because the developmental change in young children can be very rapid, so there is a need to assess them to determine whether their development is progressing normally.
  • 10. Conclusion
    • Parents need to be informed that their child is being assessed.
    • Parents need to have some kind of input in the assessment process.
    • Parents need to know the purpose or reason that their child is being assessed.
    • Parents need to have the results of the assessment discussed with them.
  • 11. References
    • Prep to year 10 assessment – assessment advice. (2006, July). Department of education and early childhood development. Retrieved December 6, 2009, from http://www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/assessment/prep toyear10/assessadvice/default.htm
    • Wortham, S. C. (2008). Assessment in early childhood education. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.