Topics: Childhood, Educational psychology, Assessment Pages: 2 (285 words) Published: February 27, 2015

1. Consider what you have learned about why we assess young children. Based on pages 31–33 of Assessing and Guiding Young Children's Development and Learning and the video segment "Overview of Assessment"," briefly explain the importance of developmentally appropriate assessments.

Assessments of children are important, because it gives an insight of a child’s strengths and weaknesses. Assessments of young children also, gives information of a child’s needs and development, and to give a child an opportunity to work on areas that need improvements.

Policymakers, the early childhood profession, and other stakeholders in young children's lives have many shared responsibilities regarding effective assessment (NAEYC & NAEC/SDE, 2003, p. 4). Using the information presented on pages 3–6 of Assessing and Guiding Young Children's Development and Learning, explain the responsibilities of each of these groups in ensuring effective assessment. The responsibilities of policymakers to ensure effective assessments are to create programs and policies to help young children needs and developments. The early childhood profession are responsible for educating young children and to work closely with parents to help young children to improve in problem areas they are having. Stakeholder’s responsibilities to ensure effective assessment are making sure policymakers programs are successfully providing young children the tools needed to help in problem areas. Each child approaches, interacts, and processes their world in unique ways. Effective assessment takes this uniqueness into account through sensitivity to individual abilities and linguistic, social, and cultural differences. Review pages 18–23 of Assessing and Guiding Young Children's Development and Learning, and explain, using examples, why sensitivity to each of these factors is such an important component of effective assessment. Then, summarize the role fair and impartial assessment plays in achieving this...
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