Checklists and Other Print Recording Tools

a careworker writes on a checklist as children ride by on tricycles outdoorsTools such as checklists, frequency counts, and participation charts are used to quickly record information about the occurrence of specific behaviors or skills. A defining feature of these tools is that the behaviors or skills are already identified. Staff record the observed behavior or skill by using check or tally marks or noting the date on which the skill or behavior was seen.1

1Oralie McAfee, Deborah J. Leong, and Elena Bodrova, Basics of Assessment: A Primer for Early Childhood Educators (Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2004), 40–41.