KCAA Preschools of Hawaii conducts ongoing assessments of all children we serve for the purposes of informing instruction and program policies related to improvement of curricula and materials. Child assessment results are also used for other purposes that can include:
- Arranging for developmental screening and referral for diagnostic assessment when indicated.
- Identifying children’s needs and interests.
- Describing the developmental progress and learning of children in relation to our program goals and developmental expectations.
- Improving curriculum and adapting teaching practices and the environment.
- Planning program improvement.
- Communicating with families.
All children are assessed through developmentally appropriate methods using the Teaching Strategies GOLD® Objectives for Development and Learning: Birth through Kindergarten. Assessments include daily observations, checklists, rating scales and samples of children’s work that provide information on development across the four developmental domains of social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development, as well as assessment of the content areas of literacy and mathematics. Assessment occurs twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (April) with assessment results shared with the child’s family twice a year through parent conferencing that allows for home to school collaboration. All child assessments are confidential.