What Parents need to know about the purpose of assessmentPresentation Transcript
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
The ongoing process of gathering, analyzing, and reflecting on evidence to make informed and consistent judgments to improve future student learning.
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
Different forms of assessment
Portfolios of student work
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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