Published by the Northwest Evaluation Association, this research-based guide informs assessment planning in the early grades. The purpose of this white paper is to support assessment and instructional leaders in planning or reviewing their assessment implementations in the early grades (pre-kindergarten through grade 3). This paper summarizes key ideas from professional guidelines on early childhood assessments and provides a set of guidelines for planning or reviewing assessment implementations.
This resource provides important information for educators and policy makers about early childhood assessment. It also includes useful tools at the end for evaluating assessment needs and resources at a district or school site level. It looks at assessment systems for early education with a focus on assessment purpose. It could benefit from a broader view of formative assessment evidence.