Assessing Young Children

ISBN-10: 0137002270
ISBN-13: 9780137002276
Edition: 4th 2011
Authors: Gayle Mindes
List price: $103.00
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Book details

List price: $103.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 3/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

This book is written for the teacher who wants to understand and deliver an effective educational program for all young children from birth through age 8. Accordingly, it reflects the knowledge base of early childhood and early childhood special education. It provides illustrations of appropriate practice for prospective teachers and discusses current trends for experienced teachers. It approaches assessment as an integral part of the teaching and learning process. Key components of the assessment system include cultural sensitivity,family collaboration, and a vision of inclusionary practice in all early childhood environmentschild care and school. Relevant professional standards are addressed throughout. The text is written in nontechnical language with support from the most current research. All "hot topics" are included as wellstandards-based and outcomes-based teaching, high-stakes testing, response to intervention (RTI), coping with legislative demands, as well as relevant technology in the assessment process.Features include: Terms to Know, Focus Questions, Reflection Questions, Technology Links, Out-of-Class Activities, Case Vignettes, Activities for Classroom Discussion, and Suggested Further Readings are provided for each chapter. New Voices from the Field feature, which are summaries of conversations between educators in schools/centers and the author. Checklists and rating sheets, portfolio templates, test review guideline, glossary, child development milestone guide, and practical examples throughout the text.New elements to this edition include: Increased attention to English Language Learners and the process of Response to Invervention (RTI). Updated research, websites, and recommended readings for each chapter. New Voices from the Field feature. Expanded discussion of assessment instruments such as, Classroom Assessment Scoring System CLASStrade;, The Ounce Scaletrade;, and Work Sampling Systemtrade; and technology applied to assessment.

A Comprehensive Assessment System for Birth Through Age 8
The Age Span of Early Childhood
Matching Assessment Methods to Early Childhood Settings
Stakeholders in the Process
Defining and Creating a Comprehensive Assessment System
Current Issues in the Assessment of Young Children
Summary
Developing Family Partnerships in Assessment
Family Partnerships in the Assessment System
Methods for Obtaining Information from Families
Parents' Educational Programs
Family Teacher Collaboration
Parents' Rights
Summary
Observation as the Key Method in the System
Observation in the Assessment System���Planning, Deciding, and Recording
Summary
Using Basic Concepts of Measurement
New Paradigms in Assessment
Importance of Basic Concepts of Measurement for Teachers
Terminology
Standardization and Norms
Different Types of Test Scores
Reliability
Validity
Guidelines for Test Evaluation
Summary
Chapter 1 Highlightsing: Choosing the Right Measure
Tests in the Assessment System
Early Childhood Tests and Their Use
Diagnostic Testing
Coordination of Testing Programs
Performance Assessment
Summary
Using Alternative Assessment Strategies
Role of Alternative Assessment Strategies in the Classroom
Play-Based Assessment
Structured Questions to Identify Student-Learning Processes
Task Analysis
Dynamic Assessment
Ecological Assessment
Functional Assessment
Strength-Based Assessment and Intervention
Curriculum-Based Language Assessment
Multiple Intelligences
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Prereferral Screening
Summary
Record Keeping, Reporting, and Collaborating with Families and Others
Record Keeping and Reporting in the Assessment System
Maintaining Confidentiality of Assessment Information
Involving Parents in Assessment
Conferencing with Parents
Grading in the Early Years
Preparing Report Cards
When Families Are Clients
Multidisciplinary Staffing
Reporting to Other Stakeholders
Summary
Building a Child Study
Child Studies in the Assessment System
Purposes of Child Studies
Elements of a Child Study
Conducting a Child Study to Determine Teaching or Intervention Strategies
Examples of Child Studies
Summary
Special Issues in Infant and Toddler Assessment
The Total Assessment Process of Infants and Toddlers
The Importance of Assessment in the First 3 Years
Unique Aspects of Infants and Toddlers
Principles That Guide Infant and Toddler Assessmen
Ecologically and Developmentally Relevant Assessment Strategies
The Integration of Assessment Information into Programming
Documenting Infant/Toddler Progress In Typical Care Situations
Summary
Issues in Preschool Assessment
Preschool Assessment System Issues
Selection for the Preschool Program
Choosing a Screening Instrument
Planning for Instruction
Referral for Special Services
Transition to Kindergarten or First Grade
Summary
Special Issues in Primary Grades
Primary Assessment Systems Issues
Transition from Preschool
Assessing Teaching Level
Performance Assessment with Technology
Portfolios
Standards-Based Teaching
Achievement Testing
Textbook Tests
Individualized Academic Tests
Test Prep
Summary
Self-Assessment Pretest Associated with Terms to Know
Child Development Chart for Typical Development
Selected Early Childhood Tests to Consider for Use in Educational and Child-Care Settings
Test Evaluation Guidelines
Choosing Technology and Software to Support Assessment
Portfolio Template
Child Interview Protocols
Example Forms for Collecting Assessment Information
Chicago Early Development Screening Inventory for Teachers II
Websites that Address Assessment For Teachers of Young Children
Assessment Bibliography for Kindergarten and Primary Teachers

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