The Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 will be administered to all preschool students at the beginning of the school year. This screening provides the teacher with valuable information about the child’s developmental stage, and also can indicate potential developmental delays. The teacher and parent complete the screening together. If the screening indicates a potential delay, parents will be notified and the teacher will closely monitor the child’s progress over a three-month period. If concerns are still present, the teacher will discuss options with the parent at the fall parent-teacher conference, which may include a referral for evaluation by the school psychologist.
EARLY LEARNING ASSESSMENT
To meet the requirements of the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning and School Readiness, the Early Learning Assessment will be administered to all students a minimum of twice each year. Ohio’s Early Learning Assessment (ELA) is a tool for preschool teachers to learn about the current level of each child’s skills, knowledge and behaviors in the areas of Social Foundations, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Well-Being and Motor Development, and Fine Arts.
This assessment will require teachers to observe children during the natural course of the child’s day. The ELA is a continuous process of knowing about the child’s learning as the learning is happening throughout the year. Children will not complete test questions or provide test answers. The ELA is an ongoing process of observations performed by the teacher to gather information on how a child is developing over time. This process allows the teacher to form an understanding of the child’s learning and development that will assist them in planning future learning opportunities. Teachers will share the results of the ELA with families and provide suggestions on activities families can do at home to continue to support children’s growth and development.