Assessment is a process of gathering information about a child, reviewing the information, and then using the information to plan educational activities that are at a level the child can understand and is able to learn from.
Assessment is a critical part of a high-quality, early childhood program. When educators do an assessment, they observe a child to get information about what he/she knows and what he/she can do.
Observing and documenting a child’s work and performance over the course of a year allows an educator to accumulate a record of the child’s growth and development. This assessment record is also a great tool to share with parents so they can follow their child’s progress at school, understand their child’s strengths and challenges, and plan how they can help extend the learning into their homes.
Why is assessment important?
Assessment provides educators, parents, and families with critical information about a child’s development and growth. Assessment can:
- Provide a record of growth in all developmental areas: cognitive, physical/motor, language, social-emotional, and approaches to learning.
- Identify children who may need additional support and determine if there is a need for intervention or support services.
- Help educators plan individualized instruction for a child or for a group of children that are at the same stage of development.
- Provide a common ground between educators and parents or families to use in collaborating on a strategy to support their child.
We try to add greater variety to the types of assessments and tasks we ask of our students to provide greater interest and stimulation and to ensure that students can apply their learning to a wider range of contexts and will provide authentic student work and where possible to avoid assessment activities which are screen focused.
. How are parents informed of the Assessment results?
- Parent Teacher Meetings
- Through Midterm reports
- End of Semester Report Cards