T487 – Assessment in Learning Settings
This course examines the construct and practice of assessment for early childhood education. The course considers the critical issues related to assessment and accountability in formal and informal learning settings, focusing on why assessment is necessary, who the various assessment audiences are, what kind of assessment information is useful for each, and the time frame appropriate for such assessment information. Students study a variety of assessment methods currently used to evaluate learning and teaching. They also discuss ways to communicate formative information about student progress to families; collaborate with colleagues to use assessment results to modify grade-level curricula for children with diverse abilities; and advocate for culturally, linguistically, and developmentally-appropriate forms of assessment.