Early Childhood Special Education Programs: Module 1 Assessment-Based IEP
This is the first training module in a series of five training modules to support effective practices related to Early Childhood Special Education Programs. These modules can be used in or out of sequence. The modules can be stand-alone trainings or a complete series based on participant needs.
The purpose of assessment is to monitor children's development and learning, guide planning and decision-making, and to report progress and communicate with others. Assessment gives us a basis to monitor children's development and learning over time. Formative assessment results give us direction for lesson planning and decision-making for student task analysis and student instructional groupings. Benchmarks and summative assessments are critical for reporting progress and providing a basis for updating IEPs and communicating progress with stakeholders. This training session addresses the following objectives:
Understand assessment considerations for young children
Write measurable IEP objectives using all four components
Differentiate IEP objectives across all four levels of learning to increase student independence over time
Sketch/specify a data collection format aligned with IEP objectives