1st Edition

Fundamentals of Early Childhood Assessment Data, Documentation, and Delivery

By Dia Gary Copyright 2025
    144 Pages
    by Routledge

    144 Pages
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive, research-backed textbook equips teachers with tools they need to comprehend and document the learning progression and academic growth of young learners.


    An ideal text to enhance teacher preparatory standards for trainees, the book explains the teacher’s role in assessment; outlines the differences between and purposes for informal and formal assessment strategies; and demonstrates how to select appropriate assessment tools aligned with intended purpose. Designed to serve as a core text for early childhood assessment courses, with suggested instructor and class activities included at the end of each chapter, the book presents relevant research and anecdotal accounts of how effective teachers can ethically administer assessments to young children and plan learning progressions for students that enhance and promote continued learning. Moreover, the text suggests strategies to communicate the score results to colleagues, parents, and students.


    Reflective of current content standards including the Common Core State Standards, Fundamentals of Early Childhood Assessment: Data, Documentation, and Delivery, is essential reading for new and preservice teachers learning to design and conduct effective, reliable, ethical, and valid assessments for young learners.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: History of Assessment in the United States

    Chapter 3: Measurement Basics

    Chapter 4: Reliability

    Chapter 5: Validity

    Chapter 6: Ethical Assessment

    Chapter 7: Standardized Assessment

    Chapter 8: Formative and Summative Assessment

    Chapter 9: Observations

    Chapter 10: Authentic Assessment

    Chapter 11: Data Driven Programming

    Chapter 12: Special Education: What Teachers Need to Know

    Chapter 13: Bilingual Education: What Teachers Need to Know

    Chapter 14: Developmental Assessment

    Chapter 15: Benefits of Assessment and What to Assess




    Dia Gary, Ph.D., is Professor and Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator at Central Washington University. Dr. Gary has been the lead instructor for assessment courses for over two decades and is a nationally certificated school psychologist.