Developmental Screening in Early Childhood: A Guide

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Sound developmental screening identifies those children who should receive more extensive assessment to determine whether they need additional support for learning. Developmental Screening in Early Childhood covers the basics of selecting an appropriate instrument and setting up a screening program. New in this edition:

- Reviews of six widely used general screening instruments
- Discussion of screening specific areas of development
- Reviews of five screens for social/emotional or behavioral concerns
- An annotated bibliography of reserach and resources

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Samuel J. Meisels is president of Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development located in Chicago. One of the nation’s leading authorities on the assessment of young children, he has published more than 150 articles, books, and monographs and is a coauthor of the Work Sampling System, the Early Screening Inventory · Revised, and The Handbook of Early Childhood Intervention.

Sally Atkins-Burnett is an assistant professor of early childhood special education at the University of Toledo. She teaches courses in early childhood education and special education.

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It is extremely important that tests not be used to make highstakes decisions in early childhood programs. “High-stakes” tests are those directly linked to decisions regarding children’s entry into a program or promotion or retention, that are used for evaluating or rewarding teachers or administrators, that affect the allocation of resources to programs, and that result in changes in the curriculum. Because children’s development, and therefore their performance on any test, is so variable in their early childhood years, none of those “high-stakes” decisions should be based solely or primarily on test scores. Rather, tests should only provide supplementary information to help the teacher, parent, and other specialists arrive at the best possible decision for each child.

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