Assessments (formal and informal) can help programs learn more about children’s individual development and learning needs through data that can be used to create lesson plans, improve classroom strategies, and support conversations with families.
This section includes professional learning resources that can help practitioners deepen their understanding of quality for this topic.
This broad collection of resources includes an assessment guide for program leaders and strategies for observing young children. Although this site was developed for Head Start programs, much of the content explores assessment practices that apply to all types of early learning programs.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool
Grow with Me is a course designed to provide caregivers of infants and toddlers with the skills and knowledge to support developmental assessment. This course focuses on the importance of monitoring young children’s developmental progress, different methods and formats of assessment including developmental milestones checklists, factors to consider when assessing young children from diverse backgrounds, and what to do with assessment results for an individual child, whole classroom, or program.Age(s): Infant, Toddler
This course by Texas A&M AgriLife explores how curriculum and assessment are implemented through a model of planning, assessment, and modification. This course is $12 to access.Age(s): Preschool
This guide provides information and resources to build practitioners’ knowledge on using student assessment tools, informal or formal, to track students’ learning. This learning resource acts as a support to practitioners when measuring children’s developmental progress, and it provides a general written process for using student assessment tools to inform instruction.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool
This course from Texas A&M AgriLife offers practical tips on how to prepare to do assessments in preschool classrooms and how to best support children using assessment results. The course is $12 to access.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool
This course within the Family Engagement series on CLI Engage has a particular focus on gathering family input and helping families with understanding their child’s assessment results. Login or create your free CLI Engage account to access this course.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age
There are many tools available to help practitioners and families learn about children’s growth and development. The resources on this page provide information about developmental milestones, developmental screening tools, and Early Childhood Intervention services for children with developmental delays or disabilities.Age(s): Infant, Toddler
In this section you will find tips, strategies, examples, and specific tools and products that can improve your implementation of practices related to this topic area.
Authentic assessment practices involve observing children’s engagement in everyday activities. Use the assessment information to identify classroom activities and teacher-child interactions that promote a child’s engagement in the activities, maximize the child’s learning opportunities, and promote child participation and learning in classroom activities.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool
Developmental milestones are things most children (75% or more) can do by a certain age. How a child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about their development. Programs and families can use these checklists to track and discuss children’s development.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool
CIRCLE Progress Monitoring (CPM) supports early learning programs to conduct formal assessments that measure children’s developmental progress. Use the CPM Offline Assessment to assess children when an internet connection is not available at the time of administration. An internet connection is required for the initial setup, and this how-to guide gives users the step-by-step instructions.Age(s): Preschool
CIRCLE Progress Monitoring (C-PM) is a free preschool assessment system that was validated in multiple research studies. Programs can choose which measures to use, and results are available in family-friendly reports. Texas Rising Star programs are eligible to access C-PM at no cost through the TSR Online program. Follow instructions for TSR Online access when creating your CLI Engage account to start accessing this assessment.Age(s): Preschool
These milestone checklists are divided into age ranges and areas of development, and they can be used by families or program staff of children from birth to 48 months of age. This informal student assessment tool supports early learning programs to measure children’s developmental progress.Age(s): Infant, Toddler
Assessment practices should include receiving input from families on children’s developing skills. The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring: Family Observation Forms are appropriate for preschool children and can be used in conversations with families to identify skills that could be supported at home and at the program.Age(s): Preschool