Assessment Basics: From Observation to Instruction – Selected Resources


Growing Ideas Assessment Basics: From Observation to Instruction Selected=

Recommend a resource


  • Jablon, J. R., Dombro, A. L., & Dichtelmiller, M. L. (2007). The Power of Observation for birth through eight. 2nd ed. Florence, KY: Delmar Thomson Learning.


Videos and Learning Modules:

  • Colorado Department of Education. Results Matter Video Library – These videos have been produced to help providers better understand ways to use observation, documentation, and assessment to inform practice. You can watch the clips online or download QuickTime versions of the videos for use in educational and professional development activities. Retrieved from

Topics include:

Focus on Early Care and Education

Focus on Early Intervention

Clips for Practicing Observation, Documentation and Assessment Skills

General Interest

Tips for Using Video

  • Writing Effective Observation Notes – Colorado Department of Education, Results Matter Online Learning Opportunities has developed the Writing Effective Observation Notes module which is designed to help teaching assistants and para-professionals understand the key features of good observation notes and be able to write more effective notes.

Growing Ideas Tipsheets related to Assessment Basics:


  • Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) – Research and best practice will help states as they make decisions and provide leadership in developing, adopting and providing guidance on assessment of children, programs, and educators; providing professional development on how to administer and use the results of assessments; and supporting timely, useful reporting of assessment data to early childhood programs, teachers, families, school districts and state policymakers.
  • Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) – Child Screening & Assessment. Screening and assessment provide valuable information about each child’s interests, strengths, and needs. Screening gives a snapshot of whether the child’s development is on track. Assessment is an ongoing process that includes observation and provides information about development over time. Systematic, ongoing child assessment provides information on children’s development and learning. It helps inform curriculum planning, teaching, and individualizing for each child across all Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework domains.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children. Position Statements of NAEYC. NAEYC Position Statements adopted by the Governing Board to state the Association’s position on issues related to early childhood education practice, policy, and/or professional development for which there are controversial or critical opinions from
  • Resources for Early Learning – Early childhood assessment is a tool used to gather and provide educators, parents, and families with critical information about a child’s development and growth. In Massachusetts, licensed early childhood programs are now required to include a child assessment component in their programs. Here we have included information and resources to inform educators on early childhood assessment programs.

Updated: 02/22/2018

Maine Department of Health and Human ServicesFunding for the 2011 update of the Growing Ideas Resources for Guiding Early Childhood Practices has been provided by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child and Family Services, Early Childhood Division.