Purposes of Assessment1


  • Identify what children know
  • Identify children's special needs
  • Determine appropriate placement
  • Select appropriate curricula to meet children's individual needs
  • Refer children and, as appropriate, their families for additional services to programs and agencies


  • Communicate with parents to provide information about their children's progress and learning
  • Relate school activities to home activities and experiences

Early Childhood Programs

  • Make policy decisions regarding what is and is not appropriate for children
  • Determine how well and to what extent programs and services children receive are beneficial and appropriate

Early Childhood Teachers

  • Identify children's skills, abilities, and needs
  • Make lesson and activity plans and set goals
  • Create new classroom arrangements
  • Select materials
  • Make decisions about how to implement learning activities
  • Report to parents and families about children's developmental status and achievement
  • Monitor and improve the teaching-learning process
  • Meet the individual needs of children
  • Group for instruction

The Public

  • Inform the public regarding children's achievement
  • Provide information relating to student's school-wide achievements
  • Provide a basis for public policy (e.g., legislation, recommendations, and statements)

1 from