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‘Development Assessments Are Not Tests’

July 12, 2011 1 min read
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The writer is the data and monitoring systems manager for a District of Columbia Head Start program.

Regarding the blog post “New Race to Top Stresses Pre-K Tests, Early Ed. Program Ratings,” (edweek.org, July 1, 2011), I can find nowhere in the proposed criteria for Early Learning Challenge grant applicants the requirement for states to “craft appropriate standards and tests.” While I understand “tests” is a good hot-button word to use in an article and headline to attract attention, I would hope that Education Week understands that most early-childhood-development assessments are not “tests,” in the traditional sense of that word. Most states and high-quality early-childhood programs utilize developmentally appropriate assessments to develop and implement a curriculum that may then be individualized to meet each child’s needs and developmental level. This concept of assessment, instead of test, would be a much more accurate description of what the U.S. Department of Education has proposed. In assessing Education Week blogs and choices of words, I recommend that an education periodical strive for accuracy, not sensationalism.

The writer is the data and monitoring systems manager for a District of Columbia Head Start program.

Washington, D.C.

The writer is the data and monitoring systems manager for a District of Columbia Head Start program.

A version of this article appeared in the July 13, 2011 edition of Education Week as ‘Development Assessments Are Not Tests’

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