Early childhood assessments

Name Description Publisher
 
Children’s Progress Academic Assessments (CPAA)The CPAA is an adaptive assessment and reporting instrument for measuring early numeracy and literacy skills. Targeted from pre-Kindergarten through to grade 2.ERB
Desired Results Developmental Profile© – Preschool (DRDP-PS©)The DRDP-PS© measures six components of development in children at preschool ages.WestEd/California Department of Education
Early Literacy Skills Assessment (ELSA)ELSA assesses emerging literacy skills of children in early childhood contexts. A storybook format is used to present tasks measuring comprehension, alphabetic principle, phonological awareness, and more.HighScope Educational Research Foundation
Galileo Pre-K OnlineGalileo Pre-K Online provides an assessment, curriculum and reporting framework for birth to five learners. Designed to comply with United States local, state, and federal criteria.Assessment Technology, Incorporated
Get Ready to Read Screening ToolThis free online 20-question assessment is targeted towards children aged four. It measures pre-reading skills. Performances can be linked to appropriate intervention activities.Pearson Early Learning
ClickN KIDS Beginning Reading & Spelling Programs
IGDIs (Individual Growth Development Indicators)IGDIs are used to assess language and literacy development in children 3-5 years of age. The IGDIs contain three measures: Picture Naming, Rhyming, and Alliteration. The assessment is administered by an adult.University of Minnesota
MAP for Primary GradesTargeted at K-2 age ranges, the MAP for Primary Grades adaptive tests also include diagnostic measures of student readiness to learn mathematics and reading.Northwest Evaluation Association
Math Skills ProductsPrepStrong on-sells a range of math skills products for children aged 2 to 10. There are tools for developing understanding of early numeracy concepts through to tools suitable for preparing for elementary school standardised tests.PrepStrong
mCLASS®:CIRCLE™mCLASS®:CIRCLE™ helps teachers to interact with students as they demonstrate precursory skills in social dimensions in addition to early literacy and math.Wireless Generation, Inc
Monitoring and Evaluation System for Pre-schoolersCito, a Netherlands-based testing and assessment company, provides a system of observation checklists and tests for monitoring cognitive and non-cognitive skills development in thee and four year old children.Cito

Early childhood assessments are often used to determine the readiness of students to learn the skills taught in the first years of schooling. For example, a variety of assessment tools have been designed to measure pre-literacy skills to determine whether or not a child has developed some of the prerequisite skills for learning to read. Information from an early childhood assessment about developmental strengths and weaknesses can be be used to inform appropriate instructional interventions and accommodations.

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