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Assessment in Early childhood Education

March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in child, education

Running head : TITLE SHORTENED TO FEWER THAN 50 CHARACTERSAssessment in Early Childhood Education This aims to look at assessment in early childhood education asking and answering a number of questions , such as why is it necessary how is it done , at what age should it be done , what can be achieved by doing it , what is the history behind it , etc

Early childhood education assessment is necessary for a number of reasons . Based on the results of it , parents can decide whether their children are ready for school , what school they should [banner_entry_middle]

go to , or whether other interventions such as occupational therapy may be required . Even things like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Dis (ADHD ) and other Learning Disabilities can be picked up in a child and treated accordingly

Learning disabilities are believed to be due to an information processing , or neurological dysfunction ADHD , perhaps to a neurotransmitter imbalance with the brain mechanisms responsible for maintaining attention . The information processing dysfunction and chemical imbalance are presumed to be directly related to academic underachievement . Learning disabilities can co-occur . A person could have a reading and a math disability , for example . Learning Disabilities also often co-occur with ADHD (EPCS , 2006 . Educational assessments are necessary to pick these up

Studies consistently show that early inequalities in skills persist and increase with time . Children who encounter difficulty learning to read fall further and further behind their peers in their school careers Early and ongoing assessment enables caregivers and teachers to deliver more effective instruction , which will certainly help close this gap Research supported , ongoing assessments tied to standards will help ensure school readiness and school success . In addition , by using technology , teachers and administrators are more easily able to connect developmentally appropriate practices and performance assessments to accountability standards (Costello and Zarrowin , 2006

One way of doing assessment in early childhood education is by consulting an educational psychologist to conduct a school readiness test

In early childhood , assessment is focused on determining individual needs and appropriate instructional strategies . The ongoing monitoring of a child ‘s performance empowers the teacher to use the information they acquire about a child ‘s skills and knowledge to plan and individualize instruction more precisely . As accountability standards move into the early years , it is important for programs to be able to continue to use this method of assessment . In addition , young children should not be compared to one another . Instead , their learning and progress should be compared to meaningful age-level performance indicators linked to research-based curricula and assessments (Costello and Zarrowin , 2006

Of course , the ideal age that a school readiness test should be done would vary from country to country as the school going age of children varies . But why is this procedure done , is it necessary and is a child who does not have it done disadvantaged in any way in future years

According to Tynette Wilson Hills in an article entitled Screening for School Entry (1987 , the underlying question about screening at school entry is whether young… [banner_entry_footer]

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