Publications and Research

This presentation explores improvements to child observations, including collecting accurate observations and work samples, documenting and applying evidence to assessments, and improving usefulness and accuracy of data. This presentation was originally given at the 2011 NAEYC Annual Conference by Judi Stevenson-Garcia, Shannon Riley-Ayers and Ellen Frede.

Presented at the 38th Annual Head Start Conference in Kansas City, MO by Shannon Riley-Ayers, Judi Stevenson-Garcia, and Ellen Frede this presentation describes how to move from anecdotes to intentional teaching using the NIEER-developed Early Learning Scale.

This NIEER working paper presents five options for studying the effectiveness of state-funded preschool education programs.

This technical report from NIEER researchers on the Early Learning Scale, a performance-based assessment measure that uses student data collected through observation and work sampling, offers information on the use and reliability of the instrument and on the validity of the data. The Early Learning Scale was developed by NIEER in response to requests by educators for a "comprehensive, standards-based assessment system capable of informing instruction and making an impact on teaching and learning."

This article shares the results of a statewide survey of 391 child care center directors focusing on their preschool program standards.