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Testing Young Children

As it is important to recognize what is special about working with very young children in terms of administration and interpretation responsibilities, discuss the unique features of assessing preschool children.

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Assessing preschool children is both important and challenging. It is extremely important because children who do have delays, special needs, or other particular educational needs will benefit most greatly from intervention at this early age (Bagnato et al, 1989). Interventions at this age are more effective than at later stages of education, and children identified and provided with early interventions may be able to "catch up" to their peers academically or to function at the highest level they are capable of. Identifying and assisting these children is a serious administrative responsibility for educators.

One of the major challenges of assessing preschool children is their age and, associated with that age, a short attention span, difficulty concentrating on tedious tasks, and inability to understand the importance or value of any type of testing (Bracken, 1991). Using proper tools designed to assess children at this young age helps work around some of these problems, especially tools that allow children to be assessed in a more "natural" setting, ...

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The importance to recognize the special working with young children in terms of administration and interpretation responsibilities are given.