Program assessment is an essential component to ensuring children are in high-quality programs.
The intent of assessment is to support teachers in building on what children already know and can do, and in providing knowledge, skills, and dispositions for lifelong learning. Assessment results can be used to track changes in children’s performance, to guide instruction and develop quality classroom practices.
Program assessment, including classroom-level measures of environmental quality and teacher child interactions, is an essential component to ensuring children are in high-quality programs. Ongoing program assessment reflects ECA’s philosophy that professional development promotes best practice if it is based on research, and is accessible, ongoing, and responsive to individual learning styles. The most successful Learning Community models combine distributed learning with face-to-face interaction, distance learning and on-line activities.