Barbara T. Bowman, Carol Horton
January 2002

Erikson conducted two surveys to provide practical information on the current state of expert opinion and public practice with regard to the assessment of prekindergarten children.

The results of these surveys provide information on a wide range of assessment practices, including the use of developmental screening tests, standardized achievement tests, portfolios, checklists, observational records, worksheets, and parent evaluations. In addition, they examine the link between curriculum and assessment, and the role of a wide range of complementary activities, including the use of teacher meetings, consultants and case studies, and program self-study for assessment related purposes.

These surveys suggest the while significant gains have been made with regard to elevating the general level of knowledge regarding developmentally appropriate assessment practices in state-funded prekindergarten programs across the country, there is still a pressing need to refine this understanding to include the view that assessment must be understood as a comprehensive system, which is linked to the curriculum and supported by proper resources and procedures.

The report appeared in a Herr Research Center Occasional Paper.

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