The Preschool Report Card was created by teachers, for teachers, to assess children’s progress by collecting accurate data over time and at specific times of year. The items were chosen because of their alignment with children’s development, curriculum practices, and local and national benchmarks in early childhood. The Report Card can be used by public school, center-based, family child care, and Head Start teachers and complements other assessment practices such as narrative progress reports, portfolios, and documentation of student learning.
Documentation is the process of collecting observational data of children’s learning via notes, transcription of children’s words, photos, video, and work samples in order to analyze, reflect, and make shifts in teaching. Documentation is a tool to support student growth, extend and enhance learning, and both teacher and student reflection.