NAEYC Reaffirms Testing Concerns

K-12 Testing

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), an organization which focuses on supporting high quality preschool and school programs for children aged three to eight years, has reaffirmed its call for developmentally appropriate assessment practice. Its recently revised position statement, Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs, contains substantial discussion of assessment.


The statement is highly congruent with the National Forum on Assessment s Principles and Indicators for Student Assessment Systems, which the NAEYC signed. Given a recent resurgence in state assessments of young children, the NAEYC statement is particularly important for restating the clear consensus of professionals who work daily with this age group.


In its guidelines for assessment, the NAEYC notes that the basis of assessment is observation for the purpose of improving teaching and learning. The statement lists eight guidelines:


A. ... The results of assessment are used to benefit children....

B. The content of assessment reflects progress toward important learning and developmental goals...

C. The methods of assessment are appropriate to the age and experiences of young children. Therefore, assessment of young children relies heavily on the results of observations...

D. Assessments are tailored to a specific purpose and used only for the purpose for which they have been demonstrated to produce