Joy Galliford, Ph.D.
University of Miami Frost School of Music
Reliable child assessment is a critical component for a quality program in early childhood education. Such an assessment not only is a valuable tool for a teacher in gauging the developmental needs of the student, but it is essential to document the effectiveness of the program in meeting those needs. Making those assessments reliable, however, is a challenge in that they are dependent largely on the observations of the teachers themselves.
Several assessment tools are available to assist teachers in their decisions, but the ability to obtain or apply such tools often is absent in many, perhaps even most, preschool classrooms. Those classrooms frequently are operated privately rather than by the public education system so they often are staffed by preschool teachers with little or no professional training in the field of education. However, when the…