Early Childhood Measures Profiles

10/01/2004

As part of ASPE's ongoing support for federal collaboration on early childhood research through the Science and Ecology of Early Development (SEED) initiative, ASPE and the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) contracted with Child Trends to develop profiles of early childhood measures. This project produced a compendium of early childhood assessments commonly used to measure domains of development, including language and literacy, cognition, mathematics, social-emotional competency, and approaches to learning. Various types of ongoing observational assessments were also included. A profile of each assessment includes the purpose of the measure, key constructs, administration, and reliability information. These profiles were developed as a resource for a workshop funded by ASPE, ACYF, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, designed to bring together a multidisciplinary group of experts to advise the federal partners on the measurement and assessment of learning and development in early childhood. This compendium was not intended to be an exhaustive inventory of measures, nor an endorsement of particular approaches to measurement, rather, the purpose was to provide information on the current state of the field in the assessment of child outcomes, particularly in large-scale and intervention studies. [PDF - 404 pages]

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