The Head Start Act of 2007 reauthorization requires that programs use reliable and valid early childhood assessment and developmental screening instruments that are appropriate for the populations they serve. Program managers and technical assistance providers may use this resource to review technical information on eight commonly used child assessments and 10 developmental screening tools for children ages 3 to 5. User-friendly language promotes increased awareness about reliability and validity, and explains how to evaluate whether an instrument is appropriate for a specific population and purpose.
This document has three purposes. First, the compendium aims to help Head Start managers and other early childhood education administrators review information regarding the reliability and validity of commonly used assessment and developmental screening tools in order to help them better select appropriate tools for the populations they serve. Second, it aims more generally to increase awareness about reliability and validity and how to evaluate whether an instrument is reliable and valid for the population and purpose for which it will be used. Finally, the compendium aims to highlight areas in which the early childhood field is lacking information on reliability and validity of early childhood assessments and developmental screeners. Understanding and Choosing Assessments and Developmental Screeners for Young Children Ages 3-5: Profiles of Selected Measures»