First, it is important to note that not only is assessing preschool and EC progress important, but assessing the classroom and teaching methods is just as essential! Here are a number of ways to measure student and teacher success. One way to determine if students are grasping the material or having issues is by closely observing their behavior--are they bored or frustrated? These are great factors to help you learn if the work is too simple or difficult for a child.
These printable forms are great assessment tools, able to be utilized in all preschool classrooms to determine efficiency in a number of preschool activities including letters, math, patterns, shapes, name writing, and more! These are assessment forms I definitely plan to incorporate into my classroom on a regular basis.
Pages 15 through 19 highlight different methods of assessment in an early childhood setting. While standardized testing might not be the most effective manner to measure at this point, there are several other methods of assessment. On page 18, the Assessment System diagram will help you to determine the effectiveness of the material you are teaching as well as the children's ability to absorb that information. Do they need extra help? Are they falling behind?
Why is assessment so important? Simply stated, it is essential because it lets us know how well we are doing and if any improvements or further clarification is required at any given time. Even at an Early Childhood Education level, teachers need to learn the progress of their students. Perhaps teachers need more training, or students need extra help. A childhood and program assessment program is available on this site as well.
Five types of assessment for young children include diagnostic, formative, summative, norm-referenced, and criterion-referenced. Understanding the different types is crucial to use multiple forms of assessment to measure a student's progress. While this video does not delve into ways to assess students, it highlights the importance of each of them.