Children are observed for developmental progress through observations. Observations take place primarily through children’s normal daily activities, their use of language, social interactions with others and work samples that demonstrate learning
Observation involves regular intentional watching of children in a wide variety of circumstances that are representative of the child’s behaviors and skills demonstrated over time
Observation of daily, ongoing classroom/home performances and typical activities of the child lead to wealth of reliable information. Valid observations do not place chidlren in artificial situations, interfere or distract children from their natural learning experiences
Curriculum goals are realistic and attainable for most chidlren in the designated age range for which they are designed. Assessment of individual children's development and learning is essential for planning and implementing appropriate curriculum. Assessment and curriculum should be integrated, with teachers continually engaging in observation for the purpose of improving teaching and learning.