EarlyChildAssessmentAssessment is the ongoing process of gathering information to make informed decisions. Assessment can focus on children’s development and learning, the quality of early childhood environments and interactional or teaching practices. Anita Zucker Center faculty and their collaborators have taken research-based knowledge to practice in developing assessment instruments and resources.

Assessment Instruments and Resources Developed by Center Staff

Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool – an instrument used to measure the extent to which teachers are implementing Pyramid Model teaching practices, which build young children’s social-emotional competence and prevent challenging behaviors.

Teacher-Child Interaction Direct Observation System (pdf) – a partial interval, time-based observational coding system used to measure teacher’s implementation of effective instructional practices, teacher-child interactions, child engagement and challenging behavior.

BEST in CLASS Adherence and Competence Scale (pdf) – an instrument used to measure teacher’s delivery of the BEST in CLASS intervention practices, which support positive teacher-child interactions and child engagement.

Early Childhood Treatment Integrity Tool – an observational coding system and teacher self-report tool designed to measure teachers’ use of effective practices that build social-emotional competence, promote child engagement, and prevent challenging behaviors. For more information about this tool, please contact us at cees-info@coe.ufl.edu.

Embedded Instruction Observation System – a continuous event, observational coding system used to record the frequency and accuracy with which early childhood teachers implement embedded instruction learning trials. For more information about this observation system contact us at ceecs-info@coe.ufl.edu.

Essential Elements for Assessing Infants and Preschoolers with Special Needs – a textbook and reference book for those who are engaged in the assessment of young children with special needs.