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ERIC Number: ED110469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May
Pages: 22
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Assessing Young Children.
Hsia, Jayjia
Assessing readiness among young children today implies undertaking a broad range of observations and activities in an atmosphere where children can feel comfortable and interested. Until recently, readiness meant readiness for reading. A mental age of six and a half was accepted as the prerequisite for beginning reading instruction. There has been, of late, considerable criticism of the notion of a single, global, group administered instrument to classify children as "ready" or "not ready." Such premature labeling may result in exclusion from opportunities essential for a child's full development. Assessment in an educational setting may serve three functions: for selection, for pupil guidance, and for planning and evaluating instruction. Some systems of assessment are based on a medical model of educational planning by using diagnostic measures and prescribing instructional treatments for individual needs. Two such systems have been developed by Educational Testing Service for assessing young children: Let's Look at Children and CIRCUS. Let's Look at Children describes a series of techniques based on a Piagetian theory of cognitive development. CIRCUS is a comprehensive array of 17 measures for assessing social competency in young children. Both systems stress a sequence relevant rather than a chronological age or normative approach to child development. (Author/BJG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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