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:

Growing Ideas Tipsheets related to Assessment Basics:


  • Council of the Chief State School Officers. Early Childhood Education Assessment Consortium. Website offering information on assessment at
  • 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

Updated: 11/13/2017

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.