ERIC Number: ED482015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Curriculum, Assessment, and Program Evaluation: Building an Effective, Accountable System in Programs for Children Birth through Age 8. Position Statement.
National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.; National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education.
Noting that federal, state, and local decisionmakers are asking critical questions regarding the nature of young children's education, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS/SDE) have issued this official position statement regarding early childhood curriculum, child assessment, and program evaluation. The NAEYC and the NAECS/SDE take the position that policymakers, the early childhood profession, and other stakeholders in young children's lives have a shared responsibility to: (1) construct comprehensive systems of curriculum, assessment, and program evaluation; (2)implement curriculum that is thoughtfully planned, challenging, engaging, developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically responsive, comprehensive, and likely to promote positive outcomes for all young children; (3) make ethically appropriate, valid, and reliable assessment a central part of early childhood programs; (4) regularly engage in program evaluation guided by program goals; and (5) provide the support, professional development, and other resources to allow staff to implement high-quality curriculum, assessment, and program evaluation practices and to connect those practices with well-defined early learning standards and program standards. Recommendations in the position statement relate to curriculum, assessment of young children, and program evaluation and accountability, with indicators of effectiveness explained. The position statement concludes with a call for public commitment, along with investments in a well-financed system of early childhood education and in other components of services for young children and their families to make it possible to implement the recommendations fully and effectively. (KB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Organizations (Groups), Position Papers, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Evaluation, Professional Associations, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Standards, State Departments of Education, Student Evaluation, Young Children
National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1509 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1426. Tel: 800-424-2460 (Toll Free); Tel: 202-232-8777; Fax: 202-328-1846; Web site: http://www.naeyc.org. For full text: http://www.naeyc.org/resources/position_statements/pscape.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.; National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education.