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Early Learning Outcomes Reporting

Assessing children's progress in early childhood programs. Assessment is a critical piece in high-quality standards-aligned programs.  Parents, teachers and caregivers are the most qualified to assess young children because they observe children in authentic environments, and are most familiar with each child’s development and learning expectations.  Teachers observe children through all activities in the day that yield the necessary information to determine skill levels. They collect information through many different sources of evidence, such as regular family engagement, observations throughout a child’s daily routines, collection of children’s artwork or writing samples, and by talking with the child or other adults about the child's accomplishments.  This information is used to make good decisions about how to support children’s learning and development. 

Child outcome data should not be used to determine placement in a program, class or special education, or to deny or exclude access to eligible services.   

Reporting child outcomes. Pennsylvania is transforming how child outcomes are reported through the Early Learning Network (ELN). Started in 2012-13, the new strategy allows early childhood providers to choose from a list of approved child assessment tools. Within these tools, providers are able to create their own classrooms, enter staff and children, and generate teacher and parent reports by fully utilizing the assessment company’s online products. ELN no longer limits a provider’s ability to use an online assessment tool. Child outcomes reported to the state will consist of only those outcomes that align to specific PA Early Learning Standards.

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