We believe learning is a process. Authentic Assessment allows you to capture learning as it happens. The Experience Early Learning Assessment System includes resources to help document your child’s learning progress through natural and intentional observations.
Experience Curriculum for toddlers, preschool and PreK includes an Embedded Authentic Assessment system. The Assessment Guide will help you easily know when to observe, which skill to assess, and how to determine the child’s skill level. Record the children’s levels while you observe them play. Then send home the included monthly Individual Assessment page to the child’s family or include it in their portfolio.
Authentic Assessment Packet
Find the Authentic Assessment packet on Member Resources.
Our Authentic Assessment packet includes:
- Observation & Documentation Planning Calendar
- Group Observation Form
- Daily Assessment Activity Sheets
- Step-by-Step Guide
Step 1 PREPARE
Every morning, before children arrive, read the daily Assessment Activity Sheet
Step 2 POST FOR FAMILIES
Hang the Observation & Documentation Planning Calendar and the day’s Assessment Activity Sheet on the wall for parents to see. If desired, print or email the parents the Observation & Documentation Planning Calendar (available online on Member Resources).
Step 3 IMPLEMENT IN DAILY ROUTINE
These activities are embedded in your Experience Curriculum’s daily lesson plans and are a key part of the comprehensive learning system. Check your Teacher Guide for when to naturally integrate the activity into the flow of your day. Look for the starred activity in your Teacher Guide to indicate the featured activity. As
children naturally play and participate in the activity, assess and record learning.
Step 4 DOCUMENT LEARNING
Write the names or initials of your children in the Group Observation Form to record the child’s skill level. Optional: Transfer the data and save child work samples in the year-long child portfolio.
Step 5 HOST A FAMILY CONFERENCE
Every three months, schedule a meeting with families to discuss the child’s progress, explain the skills learned and show work samples. Address any questions families have for you.
▶ Watch this video for tips on how to implement the embedded assessment program in both the Experience Preschool Curriculum and Experience Toddler Curriculum:
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