The Role of Testing and Assessment in Early Childhood Education

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Perspectives The goal of education is to provide children with the opportunity to amass a wealth of knowledge, love for learning, and academic strength. Children go to school to read, write, and learn a variety of subjects. While education is meant to be exciting for children, there have to be standards in order to make sure that progress is being and those children are where they need to be in order to move onto the next phase of their education. Education builds as it grows, and students need a strong foundation in order to succeed and continue. Without those strong building blocks, students will continue to fall back and repeat the same material again and again. And so, testing and assessment come into play to make sure children are …show more content…
They are a reflection of what the student should learn, and act as a goal for students and teachers. Without learning outcomes, students and teachers would not have a goal to reach for, and progress could not be as easily measured.
Discussion of Testing and Assessment The debate over testing versus assessment in the context of early childhood education continues to be an issue for parents, teachers and administrators. With the emphasis on school readiness comes more pressure for early childhood educators. The promotion of standards is also due to the push from the No Child Left Behind Act which requires more analysis and progress monitoring of students (Snow 2008). The bigger question is the reliability of both assessment and testing. The standardization of testing does not allow for individual differences students may have, and both assessment and testing run the risk of bias. These all are a part of the accountability teachers and schools have for proving the progress made by his or her students over the course of time. Additionally, “Research on effective programs have demonstrated that children participating in programs adhering to high-quality program and process standards exhibit improved developmental and learning outcomes” (Snow 2008). Thus, early childhood programs today are continuing to increase their children’s progress by sticking to standard outcomes and using testing and assessment to measure those outcomes. The controversy arises

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