Early Childhood Education Assessment (ECEA)
The Early Childhood Education Assessment (ECEA) SCASS works to enhance young children's learning and school success from birth through 3rd grade by helping states design and implement standards for children & classroom/program quality, child & program assessments, and data, accountability & program improvement systems for early education, kindergarten and primary grade programs.
In recent years the ECEA has engaged state early childhood program managers and assessment specialists in briefings by experts and cross-state dialogue on issues including social and emotional learning standards and assessments, Kindergarten entry assessments, using technology to improve early childhood teaching and learning, coordination of state and federal program standards and assessments and emerging research on early childhood teaching and curricula.
The ECEA commissioned a major study of early childhood standards in other countries and a position paper on Kindergarten Entry Assessment initiatives. The Collaborative has sponsored meetings in partnership with the National Governor's Association, the BUILD Initiative, the English Language Learners SCASS and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education.
In 2014-15 and beyond, ECEA-SCASS will engage participating states on challenges and innovations including:
- Supporting early childhood teachers and administrators in understanding and using assessment data.
- Aligning state early learning guidelines and teaching practices with kindergarten-3rd grade college- and career-ready standards and pedagogy.
- Improving how states assess the quality and performance of local early childhood programs through program evaluation studies, on-site monitoring efforts and linkage with emerging Quality Rating and Improvement initiatives.
- Helping school districts and early childhood agencies implement multiple new assessments at the same time, such as new kindergarten entry assessments, assessments generated by Grade Level Reading legislation, assessments for teacher evaluation and formative assessment initiatives.
Advisor: Thomas Schultz
Tom is Project Director for Early Childhood Initiatives at CCSSO and has worked on early childhood research and policy issues at the Office of Head Start, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Association of State Boards of Education. He is written numerous reports, book chapters and articles on early childhood policy and practice and presents frequently at national, regional and state meetings and conferences.
2013-14 Associate Members: Data Recognition Corporation, NEA, Northwest Evaluation Association and SRI
2013-14 Affiliates Members: WestEd
- ProgramNational Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA)
- ProgramEnglish Language Development Assessment (ELDA)
- ProgramEnglish Language Learners (ELL)
- ProgramFormative Assessment for Students and Teachers (FAST)
- ProgramSocial Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction (SSACI)
- ProgramTechnical Issues in Large Scale Assessment (TILSA)
- PublicationAlignment and the States: Three Approaches to Aligning the National Assessment of Educational Progress with State Assessments, Other Assessments, and Standards
- PublicationLessons Learned: Implementing and Improving Comprehensive and Balanced Learning and Assessment Systems in High School - A Report for State Education Leaders - Final Report from the Delaware Enhanced Assessment Grant