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Assessment in Early Childhood Education (ECE-310)
Various: distance learning format

Varies (self-study; self-paced)

June 2017 - Present.

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Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the exam, students will be able to: explain the purposes of assessment in early childhood and how infants and young children are assessed; describe elements of a comprehensive assessment system for children of all ages; explain how assessment results are used for instruction and to evaluate the instructional program; discuss how the assessment process should be implemented during the school year with school-age children; describe how test scores are reported and how and when they should be shared with parents; evaluate the pros and cons of standardized testing as well as other types of objective assessments; assist in ensuring the development and maintenance of checklists, rating scales, and rubrics; describe the types of assessments used with preschool and primary-grade children; assist in the crafting of quality portfolio assessment systems; and describe model portfolio assessment and reporting systems.

This exam serves as an introduction to assessment in early childhood settings. Various means of assessment (i.e. formative, summative, authentic, traditional, etc.) when implemented properly can enhance the quality of instruction and enhance students’ learning.  The material included in this course is designed increase students’ understanding of the critical role valid and reliable classroom assessment has in supporting learning in the classroom.  Additionally, students explore how to evaluate assessment data for instructional decision-making.

<strong”>Credit Recommendation:
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education (6/17).