ERIC Number: ED482281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Early Literacy Assessment Systems: Essential Elements. Policy Information Perspective.
This report outlines a system-wide framework for monitoring the literacy development of children in preschool through second grade. Specific early literacy assessment instruments and instructional approaches are not suggested. Instead, the report focuses on some of the essential elements of an assessment system intended to monitor the progress of young children's literacy development. A useful assessment system requires multiple literacy assessments and the coherent use of an array of instruments consisting of screening, diagnostic, and classroom-based instruments to inform instructional practice and evaluate program effectiveness. An effective system also requires strong and stable leadership, with solid administrative support for well-prepared teachers. Coherent professional development programs are a final component of a useful assessment system. Well-trained and reflective teachers must understand cognitive and literacy development and the basic concepts of appropriate assessment. The financial resources being allocated to literacy testing will only be useful to children and teachers if the critical roles of multiple forms of assessment is recognized and system wide changes are made to incorporate professional development for teachers and administrators. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Literacy, Primary Education, Professional Development, Student Evaluation, Systems Development, Test Construction, Test Use, Young Children
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Policy Information Center.