1st Edition

Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education A Comprehensive Guide

By Stephen J. Hernandez Copyright 2025
    288 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive guide to assessment in early childhood special education offers a macro- and micro-level understanding of the essential processes and activities relevant to the assessment of young children at risk of or having developmental delays or disabilities.

    The book provides insights into the laws, regulations, processes, culturally and contextually relevant practices, and requirements that practitioners need to follow when engaged in assessment, in addition to an extensive overview of current and time-tested assessment tools designed for use by early childhood educators when evaluating young children with developmental challenges. It provides immediate guidance and support to a wide range of individuals engaged in service to young children who may have, or are already identified as having, a disability.

    Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education is an essential text for pre-service early childhood special educators as well as current practitioners, including day care teachers (homebased and center-based), certified early childhood special educators, and general education kindergarten through second grade teachers. It should be on the desk of every early childhood educator who works with children who may or have been identified as being at risk, developmentally delayed, or disabled.

    Part One: The What, Why, and How of Assessment  1. Assessment – What It Is, the Purpose, or Why Do We Do It, the Requirements, and How It Is Done  2. Legal, Regulatory, and Recommended Aspects of Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education  3. How Should Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children with Developmental Issues Be Assessed?  4. Test Measurement and Data Literacy  Part Two: Serving through Assessment – How We Can Best Serve Children and Families When Going Through the Assessment Process?  5. Assessment, Program Planning, and Managing Change  6. Collaborative Partnerships in Assessment  7. Culturally Responsive Assessment  Part Three: Assessment Tools and Approaches  8. Types of Assessment Approaches in Early Childhood Special Education  9. Types of Assessment Tools in Early Childhood Special Education  10. Checklists, Rating Scales, and Rubrics for Formative and Summative Assessment  11. Performance-Based Assessment Strategies (Authentic Assessment)  Part Four: Assessment Tool Profiles and Reviews  12. Screening Tools  13. Standardized/Normed Referenced Tools  14. Criterion-Referenced Tools  15. Curriculum Based Assessment Tools

    Biography

    Stephen J. Hernandez is an Associate Professor and the Director of Early Childhood at Hofstra University in Nassau County, New York, and regularly teaches graduate courses in the assessment of young children suspected of developmental delays or disabilities. Dr. Hernandez has served children and adults with special needs for over 45 years as a classroom teacher, school administrator, researcher, and professor.