`This book examines the literacy development and assessment of children before the age of five years. It is highly relevant to all those professionally involved in assessment. Cathy Nutbrown explores the need for appropriate assessment practice to support teachers and illustrates the mismatch between the way teachers and researchers assess literacy. The book is worth buying for the final chapter alone, which provides an analysis of the newly developed Sheffield Early Literacy Development Profile. The actual tasks are included in the appendices. Thus, Cathy Nutbrown does not leave us frustrated. We are able to consider an ongoing assessment which is in tune with the best practice in teaching. This is a research text which b

The Purposes of Assessing Early Literacy Development

The purposes of assessing early literacy development

This chapter considers various purposes of measuring and assessing children's early literacy development. Decisions about how best to assess children's abilities will depend on the reasons for that assessment. Different groups of people, with varying interests in children's literacy development, require different measures. Their choice of measurement techniques will depend on their reasons for assessment and the purpose for which they intend to use the outcomes. The way outcomes of assessment are presented also reflects purpose, for example, if results are to be used to compare groups of children, performance of schools, LEAs, and so on, then statistical information will be required. Teachers, however, are essentially interested in diagnosis of individual learning ...

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