To borrow Early Education assessment materials please contact:
Jen Kalis, Early Education Director
Response to Intervention (RtI) Statewide Coordinator
(608) 786-4810; Toll Free (800) 514-3075
^ Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System (AEPS®) for Infants and Children, 2nd Edition
Series edited by Diane Bricker, Ph.D., Brookes Publishing Company, 2nd Edition 2002
AEPS® is a curriculum embedded measurement system for use with children with special needs. It allows for the testing of a variety of skills as the child goes about everyday developmentally appropriate activities. With this reorganized, extensively updated second edition, professionals can assess and monitor six key developmental areas in young children.
AEPS® helps identify educational targets tailored for each child's needs, formulate developmentally appropriate goals, conduct before and after evaluations to ensure interventions are working, and involve families in the whole process. The AEPS® Test results expand the depth and breadth of developmental information and help professionals develop quality IFSP or IEP goals and objectives.
Age Ranges: Birth to 6 years; other languages not available.
Areas Assessed: Fine motor, Gross motor, Cognitive, Adaptive, Social-communication, Social
Components: Administration Guide; Test for Birth to 3 years and 3 to 6 Years; Curriculum for Birth to 3 Years and for 3 to 6 years
* Batelle Developmental Inventory, Second Edition (BDI-2)
Jean Newborg, Riverside Publishing 2005
BDI-2 is an individually administered assessment battery of key developmental skills. It is designed for use by infant interventionists: preschool, kindergarten, primary school teachers and special educators.
Speech and language pathologists, school psychologists, adaptive physical education specialists, clinical diagnosticians, and health care professionals may use it to screen, diagnose, and evaluate early development
Age Ranges: Birth to 7 years; 11 months; Spanish available
(Times: Complete BDI: 1-2 hours-450 items; Screening Test 10-30 minutes-100 items)
Areas Assessed: Personal-social, Adaptive, Motor, Communication, Cognitive Ability
Components: ScoringPro™ Software and Palm® Pilot Application; CD ROM and Web-based computer scoring options with a range of reports; Flexible administration allows for use by a team of professionals.
* Brigance Inventory of Early Development II
Albert H. Brigance, Curriculum Associates 2005
The IED-II correlates to Early Reading First, Reading First, IDEA, NCLB, Head Start and OSEP Early Childhood Outcomes.
Criterion Referenced Inventory is designed to:
- Determine readiness for schools
- Track developmental progress
- Provide a range of scores needed for documenting eligibility for special education services
- Enable a comparison of children's skills within and across developmental domains
- Determine entry points for instruction
- Assist with program evaluation
Age Ranges: Developmental Age: Birth-7; Other languages not available
(Times: 20-55 minutes for observation and scoring)
Developmental: Perambulatory, motor, Fine/Gross-Motor, Self-help, Speech-Language, General, Knowledge, Social-Emotional
Early Academic Readiness, Basic Reading, Writing, Basic Math
Components: Parent Interview, Teacher Observation, Group Administration, Informal Appraisal; Web-based standardized scoring, Online record book, Online goals/objectives, Goals/objectives CD.
* Carolina Curriculum for Preschoolers with Special Needs
Brookes Publishing 2004
CCPSN is designed for the assessment and teaching of children with mild to severe special needs from 2 to 5 years developmental age.
The curriculum is divided into 22 logical teaching sequences covering five developmental domains. Once the initial assessment is complete, professionals select curricular items (there are more than 400) that correspond to each child's special needs.
Age Ranges: 2-5 years; Assessment Log and Progress Charts available in Spanish
(Times: 60-120 minutes)
Areas Assessed: Personal Social, Cognition, Communication, Fine motor, Gross motor
Components: Masters for Assessment, Logs are available
+ Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum Assessment Toolkit for Ages 3-5
by Diane Trister Dodge, Laura Colker, Cate Heroman
Teaching Strategies, Inc. 2002
The Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum Assessment Toolkit can be used to assess children at three summary checkpoints each year and share information with families.
The Toolkit is a Complete Assessment System directly correlated to the goals and objectives of The Creative Curriculum.
Age Ranges: Ages 3-5, Ongoing Assessment, Available in Spanish
Areas Assessed: Social Emotional, Cognitive, Language, Physical
Components: Included are forms for: 25 individual child profiles, 1 class summary, 75 multiple-part progress and planning reports; Teacher's Guide to using Creative Curriculum; Software reporting tool
Focused Portfolios™: A Complete Assessment for the Young Child by Gaye Gronlund and Bev Engel (2001 Softcover book; 305 pp.) By documenting children’s discoveries as well as their challenges, teachers and caregivers can more effectively adapt teaching styles and curriculum for each child in their care. 2 copies are available.
* Hawaii Early Learning Profile HELP B-3
VORT Corporation 2004
Help for B-3 is a widely used, family-centered, curriculum-based assessment for use by professionals working with infants, toddlers, and young children, and their families. As a curriculum-based assessment, HELP is used for identifying needs, tracking growth and development, and determining "next steps" (target objectives). It offers play-based activities and intervention strategies for each skill.
HELP is comprehensive, developmentally sequenced and promotes a cross-disciplinary, integrated approach used by physical, speech, and occupational therapists, early childhood educators, infant specialists, psychologists, social workers, and nurses.
The HELP is comprehensive and developmentally sequenced covering 685 skills/behaviors in 58 "concept-based" strands
Age Ranges: Birth-3 years, Ongoing observation, Available in Spanish
Areas Assessed: Regulatory/Sensory, Organization, Cognitive, Language, Gross/Fine Motor, Social, Self-Help
Components: Using HELP Effectively, Administration, Family Centered Interview Strands, At Home, Charts, Checklist, Activity Guide, Activities at Home, Assessment Strands, Assessment an Curriculum Guide, HELP Together, Software/Database
* Hawaii Early Learning Profile HELP for Preschoolers
VORT Corporation 1995-1999
HELP® for preschoolers is a curriculum-based assessment to document the child's growth and progress, both at home and in the educational setting. As a curriculum-based assessment, HELP is not standardized. It is used for identifying needs, tracking growth and development, and determining 'next steps' (target objectives).
The HELP is comprehensive and developmentally sequenced covering 622 skills/behaviors.
Age Ranges: 3-6 years, Ongoing observation, Available in Spanish
Areas Assessed: Cognitive, Language, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Social, Self-help
Components: Using HELP Effectively, Family Centered Interview Strands, At Home, Charts, Checklist, Activity Guide, Activities at Home, Assessment Strands, Assessment and Curriculum Guide, HELP Together, Software/Database
* High/Scope Preschool Child Observation Record (COR), 2nd Edition
The Preschool COR is an observational assessment tool designed to measure children's progress in all early childhood programs (including but not limited to those using the High/Scope educational approach).
Teaching staff gather information to complete the COR in the course of everyday program activities. COR assessment is seamlessly integrated so early childhood educators are using meaningful assessment, which ties directly to teaching and curriculum planning. The results provide detailed information on each child's development, as well as a variety of group reports analyzing progress for various audiences.
Age Ranges: 2½ to 6 years, Available in Spanish
Areas Assessed: Initiative Social Relations, Creative Representation, Movement/Music, Language/Literacy, Mathematics/Science
Components: The Preschool COR Kit, Second Edition, includes all the materials needed for COR-based classroom planning, assessment, and reporting to parents, for one class of 25 children. Components are also sold separately.
TABS Manual and Screener for the Temperament and Atypical Behavior Scale
Brookes Publishing 1999
Age Ranges: 11 to 71 months
Areas Assessed: Temperament, attention and activity, attachment and social behavior, neurobehavioral state, sleeping, play, vocal and oral behavior, senses and movement, and self-stimulatory behavior.
Components: Manual and Screener
^ The New Portage Guide Three to Six
CESA #5 Portage Project 2003
Functional, easy-to-understand and use format for working with children and their families. Materials are appropriate for children in center-based or home visiting programs.
The new Portage Guide, an observation-based assessment tool, is offered in two packages covering Infants to Preschoolers. Indicator correlate with the Head Start Outcomes Framework and Early Learning Standards.
Age Ranges: 3 to 6 Years, Available in Spanish
Areas Assessed: Communication/Language Literacy, Social Emotional Development, Exploration/Approaches to Learning, Purposeful Motor Activity, Sensory Organization
Components: Tool for Observation and Planning (TOP), Activity/Interaction Cards, Infant/Toddler has 190; Preschooler has 174, User's Guide, Wall Chart, Supporting Materials.
* The Ounce Scale
Samuel J. Meisels
Pearson Early Learning Group 2003
An observational assessment for infants and young children providing care providers and family members information about a child's development. It has multiple approaches to collecting information, structured methods for keeping track of accomplishments, and includes family members in the assessment process.
The Ounce Scale:
- Provides Guidelines and Standards for observing and interpreting growth and development
- Enhances relationships between babies, families, and professionals
- Provides information for families and professionals to use in everyday interactions with children.
Area Ranges: Birth-3½ years - Available in Spanish
Areas Assessed: Personal Connections, Feelings About Self, Relationships with Other Children, Understanding and Communication, Exploration and Problem Solving, Movement and Coordination
Components: Observation Record, Family Album, Reference Set, User's Guide
+ Work Sampling System Preschool through Grade 3
Pearson Early Learning 2004
The Guidelines and Checklists, Portfolios, and Summary Reports of the Work Sampling System (WSS), a curriculum-embedded assessment, make it easier for teachers to systematically document children's skills, knowledge, behavior, and academic accomplishments. As a result, teachers can better understand and communicate what students are learning, and what they are beginning to master.
Since 1991, WSS has been used successfully in thousands of classrooms. It provides clear criteria and easy-to-use tools for evaluation. Teachers collect information about student work, compare it to grade-specific guidelines, and use the results to individualize instruction.
Age Ranges: Birth through Grade 3 - Available in Spanish
Areas Assessed: Personal alnd Social Development, Language and Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Scientific Thinking, Social Studies, The Arts, Physical Development and Health.
Components: Developmental Checklists Preschool to Grade 3, Summary Report Form, Teacher's Manual, Developmental Guidelines with Wall Chart, Work Sampling Online
Note: The assessment tools listed above assess children's development in multiple domains.
* Assessments that have been crosswalked by the Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Center and can be found at: http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~eco/pages/crosswalks.cfm
+ Assessments that have bee crosswalked by the ECO Center and also listed in the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards.
^ Assessments that are listed in the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) only.
The WMELS can be found on the Collaborating Partners Website at: http://www.collaboratingpartners.com
Additional information regarding early childhood assessment tools can be found at: http://www.nieer.org/assessment