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In the Week 4 Case Study: Assessment/Resources, Mrs. Ashland was asked to be part of a shared decision of assessment selection.

Mrs. Ford, the Director of the center, asks her to use her knowledge of developmentally appropriate teaching approaches to evaluate specific assessment tools and practices that may be used center-wide. Mrs. Ford identifies the following tools for Mrs. Ashland to research and use in her classroom to help inform her decision:
Anecdotal Records
Rating scales
Running Records
The textbook explores these assessments further and provides specific examples to use for administration. Using the information gained in the case study, as well as the information and examples presented in the chapter, administer two of assessments of your choice. You may choose to administer to a child that you know and have permission to conduct an example assessment with, or you may use a child from one of the case studies in your text.

For this discussion, you will submit your reflections of the administration, addressing the following:
What do you think the strengths of using this assessment are?

What did you find challenging when administering this assessment? What is your action plan to improve this?

After reviewing your findings, what did your results conclude?

Based on your analysis of your assessment data, what are three recommendations that you have for the curriculum for the learner going forward? How will you use the assessment data to make instructional decisions?

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Assessments are very important in the development of children. It allows the teacher to see where they are and exactly where their level of ability lies. When you have assessments that can indicate the child's learning level, then you can tailor the instruction to meet their needs. There is nothing worse than being a child and given an assignment that you have no idea where to begin. When used properly, assessments are very good at making the right judgment call in terms of the needs of the student.
One assessment tool that works very well is using Anecdotal Records. Anecdotal Records are basically non-biased and non-judgmental observations that are taken of an individual. I prefer to implement anecdotal records when the child is in a small group setting. It is a great idea to have a standardized form that you can utilize for all students. When making my observations, I had a student in a learning center. I scribed about the materials he was using, the actions he made, and the statements that he made. The beauty of the AR is that is allows anyone reading your notes to have a visual and unbiased view into what the child is doing and how they are behaving. An advantage of using these records is that they will provide additional support as far as describing the social and emotional behaviors of the student in addition to their behavioral skills. Another strength of the AR is that you don't need any specific training to complete it and it is focusing on the behavior of the child. Lastly, I find the AR ...

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How do you use assessments to better your students such as anecdotal records and running records.