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Early Childhood Assessment
for Children from Birth to Age 8 (Grade 3)

Guiding Principles on Early Childhood Assessments for Educators and Professionals, Birth to Age 8 (Grade 3) (PDF)

The fundamentals of assessment that we apply to young children are part of a continuum of learning that begins at birth and extends through kindergarten to grade three. This is an updated main resource on early childhood assessments, for those looking to learn more about assessments.

Basics (PDF)

The BASICS (Basics on Assessments Systems Informs and Cultivates Success) Sheets summarize key points and fundamentals on assessments, mentioned in the main resource. Available for those looking for compact informational one-pagers to educate; for educators and professionals within the early childhood field; and for staff, families, children, and anyone looking to be informed and learn about assessments.

  1. Basics One Terminology and definitions
  2. Information for Teachers/Practitioners Seven assessment skills and examples
  3. Four Assessment Types What, when and why
  4. Choosing Assessments 13 Questions to ask
  5. Outcomes Ultimate benefit, goal, training and support of outcomes
  6. Pennsylvania's Comprehensive Assessment System

For more information on the BASICS sheets, please visit Early Learning Outcomes Reporting

Framework for a Comprehensive and Aligned Assessment System for Pennsylvania (PDF)

This infographic provides a visual representation of large amounts of information related to Pennsylvania's comprehensive assessment system. For those looking for a visually stimulating overview of Pennsylvania's Early Learning System of Assessment.

Summary Tables on Each Examined Assessment and Screening Tool (mentioned in the main resource) (PDF)

The assessment tools are grouped into tables in the following document. The Summary Tables summarize common information from each assessment and screening tool examined. The tables will offer guidance for those looking for specific information regarding the reliability and validity of commonly used assessment and developmental screening tools to better help select appropriate tools for the populations they serve.