WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT Carla Brown CFS 294  Western Kentucky University
Overview  <ul><li>Define assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose of assessment used in an early childhood  </li></ul><ul><li>...
Assessment <ul><li>“ Assessment is the process of gathering </li></ul><ul><li>information about children from several </li...
Assessments … <ul><li>Focus on the whole child </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on Progress </li></ul><ul><li>Involve the Child and...
Authentic Assessment <ul><li>“ An assessment that uses some type of </li></ul><ul><li>performance by a child to demonstrat...
Authentic Assessment <ul><li>Based on a  Developmental Continuum  </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of what the child can do  </l...
Authentic Assessment continued… <ul><li>Occurs in a natural setting  </li></ul><ul><li>Is linked directly to learning </li...
Strategies for Collecting Information  <ul><li>Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul><ul><li>Work Samples </li></ul...
Interviews <ul><li>Used to find out what the child understands  </li></ul><ul><li>Unstructured vs. Structured </li></ul><u...
Games  <ul><li>More one child can play  </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can observe process used for solving problems </li></ul...
Work Samples  <ul><li>Can be three-dimensional </li></ul><ul><li>Photographs </li></ul><ul><li>Writings/dictations </li></...
Portfolios  <ul><li>Store and interpret student information  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organized by developmental domain </li>...
Advocating <ul><li>Assessments are conducted in natural setting </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrates w...
Resources <ul><li>Meisels Samuel, J.  And Sally Atkins-Burnett(2005).  Developmental Screening in </li></ul><ul><li>Early ...
Carla Brown  Produced as a class project  at Western Kentucky University  for CFS 294 – Fall 2009 
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    1. 1. WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT Carla Brown CFS 294 Western Kentucky University
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Define assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose of assessment used in an early childhood </li></ul><ul><li>Define authentic assessment </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of authentic assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies for collecting information </li></ul><ul><li>Advocating for authentic assessment </li></ul>
    3. 3. Assessment <ul><li>“ Assessment is the process of gathering </li></ul><ul><li>information about children from several </li></ul><ul><li>forms as of evidence, then organizing and </li></ul><ul><li>interpreting that information”. (McAfee, </li></ul><ul><li>Leong, &Bodrova, 2004, p. 3) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Assessments … <ul><li>Focus on the whole child </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on Progress </li></ul><ul><li>Involve the Child and Family </li></ul><ul><li>Program Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Use multiple sources to collect information </li></ul>
    5. 5. Authentic Assessment <ul><li>“ An assessment that uses some type of </li></ul><ul><li>performance by a child to demonstrate </li></ul><ul><li>understanding” </li></ul>
    6. 6. Authentic Assessment <ul><li>Based on a Developmental Continuum </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of what the child can do </li></ul><ul><li>Gives information that can be used for planning </li></ul>
    7. 7. Authentic Assessment continued… <ul><li>Occurs in a natural setting </li></ul><ul><li>Is linked directly to learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Through teacher observation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher documentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher interpretation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gives children the opportunity to link new information with prior knowledge </li></ul>
    8. 8. Strategies for Collecting Information <ul><li>Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul><ul><li>Work Samples </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolios </li></ul>
    9. 9. Interviews <ul><li>Used to find out what the child understands </li></ul><ul><li>Unstructured vs. Structured </li></ul><ul><li>Quick assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Continue questions to find out more </li></ul><ul><li>Gives the child time to think and respond </li></ul>
    10. 10. Games <ul><li>More one child can play </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can observe process used for solving problems </li></ul><ul><li>May be used for concepts or skills </li></ul><ul><li>Developed to assess skills </li></ul>
    11. 11. Work Samples <ul><li>Can be three-dimensional </li></ul><ul><li>Photographs </li></ul><ul><li>Writings/dictations </li></ul><ul><li>Drawings </li></ul><ul><li>Video or audio tapings </li></ul>
    12. 12. Portfolios <ul><li>Store and interpret student information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organized by developmental domain </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Several types </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Working portfolio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluative portfolio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Showcase portfolio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archival portfolio </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Advocating <ul><li>Assessments are conducted in natural setting </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrates what the child can do </li></ul><ul><li>Meaningful for parents </li></ul>
    14. 14. Resources <ul><li>Meisels Samuel, J. And Sally Atkins-Burnett(2005). Developmental Screening in </li></ul><ul><li>Early Childhood A Guide . Washington, DC: National Association for the </li></ul><ul><li>Education of Young Children </li></ul><ul><li>Wortham, Sue, C. (2008). Assessment in Early Childhood Education . New Jersey: </li></ul><ul><li>Upper Saddle River </li></ul><ul><li>Coople, Carol and Bredekamp, . (2009). Developmentally Appropriate Practice in </li></ul><ul><li>Early Childhood Programs . Washington, DC: National Association for the </li></ul><ul><li>Education of Young Children . </li></ul>
    15. 15. Carla Brown Produced as a class project at Western Kentucky University for CFS 294 – Fall 2009 
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