Assessment is a process of looking at children’s progress toward the set goals. Assessing the progress of each child is helpful in planning and implementing curriculum in the program and in identifying which child might benefit from special services or supports. I believe that assessing children should be based on our observations, interactions with them and their parents/families, and the learning experiences needed as a whole group and individually. Also, the observations gathered in assessing each child should be reliable, valid, and objective in order for teachers to plan and implement an effective curriculum.
In assessing children in developmentally appropriate was, it requires attention to what is:
- appropriate for the age of the child or status of his/her development.
- individually appropriate.
- culturally appropriate.