SAGE Journal Articles

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Journal Article 1: Bagnato, S. J., Goins, D. D., Pretti-Frontczak, K., & Neisworth, J. T. (2014). Authentic assessment as “best practice” for early childhood intervention: National consumer social validity researchTopics in Early Childhood Special Education, 34, 116–127.

Abstract: The early childhood professionals recognize the limitations of conventional testing with young children. This recognition has given rise to Authentic Assessment, now recognized officially as best practice by the major professional organizations. However, no national studies have been conducted to document the comparative qualities of either authentic or conventional approaches—according to meaningful external standards. Based on a national Internet survey of professionals, we report details of a social validity study of common measurement methods on eight operationally defined standards for developmentally appropriate assessment linked to professionally sanctioned practice standards and indicators. Approximately 1,500 professional responses reveal higher quality appraisals for authentic assessment over conventional testing methods for early childhood intervention purposes. Based on these results, we offer recommendations to advance valid, sensible, and contextually appropriate assessment for early childhood intervention.

Journal Article 2: Raver, S. A. (2004). Monitoring child progress in early childhood special education settings. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 36, 52–57.

Abstract: Tracking objectives. Naturalistic data. Monitoring and recording. Embedding personalized instruction. Teacher-friendly matrix. As these descriptors indicate, data is the word. This article explores ways that teachers of young children can collect, record, and monitor data on the achievements of the children, particularly children with disabilities.