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ECH 440 Assessing, Monitoring and Reporting Progress of Young Children GCU

ECH 440 Full Course Discussions Grand Canyon

ECH 440 Topic 1 Discussion Question 1

Do you feel the evolution of assessment of young children has helped in meeting the diverse needs of students today? Why or why not?

ECH 440 Topic 1 Discussion Question 2

Reflect upon this statement: Across the United States, there are many concerns about assessing young children who have cultural differences, language differences, and disabilities.

Identify and discuss 2-3 of the concerns, and include your personal thoughts.

ECH 440 Topic 2 Discussion Question 1

What is the role of the regular education teacher in the special education referral and evaluation process? Why is it important to have a regular education teacher on the team?

ECH 440 Topic 2 Discussion Question 2

Examine two developmental tests for young children discussed in chapter 2 of Assessment in Early Childhood Education. Describe the similarities and differences between the two assessments.

ECH 440 Topic 3 Discussion Question 1

Discuss how informal assessments can be used to monitor and adjust your instruction to accommodate those students with language differences, cultural differences, or special needs.

ECH 440 Topic 3 Discussion Question 2

How should the data, gathered from informal assessments, be used and reported?

ECH 440 Topic 4 Discussion Question 1

Topic 4 Discussion Question 1

Review the “Special Education Process” flowchart. What is your level of understanding of the document after your readings for this topic? Is it straightforward and easy to understand, or complicated and overwhelming to the new teacher? Explain your position.

ECH 440 Topic 4 Discussion Question 2

As a primary teacher, how would you tell families that you are referring their child to a school based evaluation team, such as the Multi-disciplinary Evaluation Team (MET), Child Study Team (CST), or Teacher Assistant Team (TAT)? What data would you use to support your concerns? Who else would you involve in the discussion?

ECH 440 Topic 5 Discussion Question 1

Explain your position on the use of developmental checklists in early childhood programs. Support your answer with at least three examples from the readings.

ECH 440 Topic 5 Discussion Question 2

Share your thoughts about the Arizona Early Learning Standards. What did you find useful? How do you think they can be improved upon? What was your overall impression?

ECH 440 Topic 6 Discussion Question 1

Refer to the National Center on Student Progress Monitoring. Why would this website be beneficial for a new teacher? How could you use it in your future classroom?

ECH 440 Topic 6 Discussion Question 2

Keeping in mind early childhood practices, what suggestions would you make for revising report cards, to make them more compatible with current trends in curriculum and instruction.

ECH 440 Topic 7 Discussion Question 1

Reflect on your own family dynamic growing up. What was your family’s involvement in your education? How did that shape and influence you both professionally and personally?

ECH 440 Topic 7 Discussion Question 2

A popular practice, currently used in parent/teacher conference meetings, is to include the child. Discuss your position on this practice. Do you feel this is a beneficial practice for all parties involved? Should the child’s age and grade level be considered? Why or why not?

ECH 440 Topic 8 Discussion Question 1

After completing your readings for this topic, share your thoughts regarding the incorporation of assistive technology in early childhood classrooms.

ECH 440 Topic 8 Discussion Question 2

Think back to a time when you were learning something challenging. What type of assistive technology could have helped you with your learning?

 

ECH 440 All Weeks Assignments Grand Canyon

Research 3-5 scholarly articles related to current issues in the assessment of young children.

Create a graphic organizer that identifies the likenesses and differences from the chosen articles.

Write a supporting narrative of 750-1,000-words. Explain the central themes, similarities, and differences found within each of the articles.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.

 

ECH 440 Topic 2 Assessments: Birth-Pre-K and K-3

Create a chart that outlines 3-5 assessments for each age group: Birth-Pre-K and K-3. Include the following for each assessment:

  1. Identify as formal or informal;
  2. How it is used (e.g., instruction, strategies, diagnosis of disability);
  3. Settings in which it can be considered valid;
  4. Importance in the evaluation of growth and development;
  5. How to accurately report student progress; and
  6. How measurements and evaluations are used.

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.

Use 3-5 scholarly resources and an interview with an early childhood educator in your local school or district to complete this assignment.

Write an essay of 750-1,000-words in which you answer the following questions:

  1. How are formative and summative evaluations used in the classroom?
  2. How are these evaluations different in a Birth-Pre-K versus a K-3 learning environment?
  3. Why is it important to use informal evaluation methods with preschool and primary children?
  4. What are the names of specific types of formative and summative assessments used in K-3 and Birth-Pre-K classrooms?
  5. How is diagnostic evaluation used in instructional planning?
  6. What strategies does the early childhood teacher use to assess young students using formative and summative measures?

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.

Your principal has requested you to spearhead a staff and family evaluation/assessment resources project. Conduct an Internet search and cite 3-5 scholarly resources to assist you in completion of this assignment.

Create a 10-15 slide presentation that includes the following:

  1. Outline of federal guidelines on procedural safeguards or rights of special needs’ children and families;
  2. Resources and supports available to families and teachers regarding the evaluation and assessment of young children; and
  3. Bibliography of local and state resources for families and staff.

In addition, create a title slide, reference slides, and slide notes that provide detailed explanation of your examples.

While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.

 

ECH 440 Topic 5 Collaborative Learning Community: Informal Measures

This is a CLC assignment.

Review the Arizona Early Learning Standards for three- to five-year-olds.

As a group, chose one of the eight standards as your focus:

  • Social emotional
  • Approaches to learning
  • Language and literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Physical development/health/safety, or
  • Fine arts

Chose the strand and concept within the chosen standard your group is going to use.

As a group you are to create a checklist, a rating scale, and a rubric. Each of the three assessments must measure all of the indicators for the chosen concept.

Use 3-5 scholarly resources within the project.

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.

The assignment with title page identifying all group members needs to be submitted by one member of the group.

Create an evaluative portfolio for children three- to five-years-old for each of the eight early learning standards: Social emotional, approaches to learning, language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, physical development/health/safety, and fine arts.  Be creative and include the following:

  1. Sections for each of the standards;
  2. Two or more summative assessments for each standard; and
  3. Two or more formative assessments for each standard.

Write a narrative of 750-1,000-words and include the following:

  1. Description of the portfolio;
  2. Explanation of how and why the assessments were chosen;
  3. Explanation of how progress is measured on each assessment; and
  4. Explanation of how this information can be conveyed to families.

Use 5-7 scholarly resources within the narrative.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.

 

ECH 440 Topic 7 Benchmark Assignment – Assessment and Communication with Families

Details:
For this benchmark, you will create an assessment pamphlet that informs families of the shared responsibility and value for assessing young children, areas of assessment, and practical homebound assessment tools and approaches across the five domains.Assessment PamphletYour three-fold assessment pamphlet should include:
  1. Outline of the five areas of assessment for young children, including an explanation of the five areas of assessment (Observations, Performance-based, Portfolios, Rating Scales, and Rubrics);
  2. Rationale statement that describes why you would engage families in assessing their children’s learning using formal and informal assessments;
  3. Information on how you will work together with families and colleagues as an assessment partnership;
  4. An explanation of how technology can be used to assess and monitor the progress of young children; and
  5. Include a self-checklist for families to monitor their own observations of their children across the five domains.

While APA format is not required for the pamphlet, solid academic writing is expected.

Both sections of the assignment use a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit the reflection to Turnitin.

 Reflection Essay

Write a 750-1,000-word reflection essay describing in what manner you incorporated the following in your assessment pamphlet, or in preparation of creating your pamphlet:

  1. Understanding the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment, including its use in development of appropriate goals, curriculum, and teaching strategies for young children;
  2. Knowing about and using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches, including the use of technology in documentation, assessment, and data collection;
  3. Understanding and practicing responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child, including the use of assistive technology for children with disabilities; and
  4. Knowing about assessment partnerships with families and with professional colleagues to build effective learning environments.

Include 5-7 scholarly sources to support your assertions.

Prepare the Reflection Essay according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

You are required to submit the reflection to Turnitin.

Submit the entire benchmark assignment to LoudCloud by the end of Topic 7.

Write a 750-1,000-word essay about assistive technology that includes the following:

  1. Definition of Assistive Technology (AT) and how a student qualifies for AT (discuss the Assistive Technology Act);
  2. Explanation of how AT is used in assessment practices and progress monitoring
  3. Description of the two assistive technology tools to aid with specific disabilities in the early childhood setting

Use 3-5 scholarly resources within your essay.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found un the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.

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