ERIC Number: EJ1031547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Authentic Assessment as "Best Practice" for Early Childhood Intervention: National Consumer Social Validity Research
Bagnato, Stephen J.; Goins, Deborah D.; Pretti-Frontczak, Kristie; Neisworth, John T.
Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, v34 n2 p116-127 Aug 2014
The early childhood professionals recognize the limitations of conventional testing with young children. This recognition has given rise to Authentic Assessment, now recognized officially as best practice by the major professional organizations. However, no national studies have been conducted to document the comparative qualities of either authentic or conventional approaches--"according to meaningful external standards." Based on a national Internet survey of professionals, we report details of a social validity study of common measurement methods on eight operationally defined standards for developmentally appropriate assessment linked to professionally sanctioned practice standards and indicators. Approximately 1,500 professional responses reveal higher quality appraisals for authentic assessment over conventional testing methods for early childhood intervention purposes. Based on these results, we offer recommendations to advance valid, sensible, and contextually appropriate assessment for early childhood intervention.
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Education, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, National Surveys, Online Surveys, Standards, Testing, Validity, Best Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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