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October 19, 2016
2:00 pm Eastern Time
Director of Early and Elementary Education Policy
Allard Agnamba, Lindsey
School Readiness Consulting
This session is sponsored by Nemours Bright Start!
Teachers assess their students each and every day, from observing them at play and checking in for understanding to delivering a more formal assessment. But what should they do with all that information? How should the results from informal and formal assessments inform their classroom environment, planning and lessons, conversations with families, and school-wide decision making? And, how can administrators support teachers in administering assessments? This powerful webinar by Laura Bornfreund and Lindsey Allard Agnamba will explore what it means for early childhood educators to have “assessment literacy” and help to answer the questions above.
Across all levels of learning, assessments are routinely used to both satisfy accountability concerns and to inform educators about what children know and are able to do. Growing out of a commitment to ensuring high quality education, assessments now play a major role in education policy and classroom practice. Assessment, however, can mean different things to different people. All stakeholders have a responsibility to think carefully about assessments in order to maximize their utility to inform both policy and practice. All involved adults need to have a specific set of skills and knowledge – some the same and some quite different based on roles and responsibilities.
For young children in preschool and the early elementary grades, the need for clear understanding of how to use assessments is compounded by the fact that children from birth through age 8 learn and exhibit what they know and can do differently than older children. Because growth is more rapid as well as more complex, dynamic, and variable during a child’s earliest years, it can be challenging to capture skills and abilities –particularly at a single point in time. Early educators must be exceptional observers who know a lot about how children grow and develop as well as an understanding of what research tells us about the purpose and methods of assessments with young children.
Register for this important webinar to explore “assessment literacy” and what it means for early childhood teachers and leaders.
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