Working groups will consist of about a dozen participants from research, policy, and practice sectors. Groups will be supported by staff from the Child and Family Policy Center who will assist with coordinating meeting arrangements, documenting the groups’ work, and identifying sources of input that would be helpful to the groups’ deliberations.
Working groups will meet to discuss issues raised in today’s Forum concerning the delivery of high quality assessment of young children from the perspective of parents, teachers, as well as directors/principals and instructional coaches.
Meetings will occur in the 11 months following today’s Forum. There will be four, two-hour meetings. Proposed dates: June/July 2011, October 2011, February 2012 and April 2012.
Meetings will take place at NYU and/or other spaces convenient for group members. One or more meetings might be a teleconference.
Working group meetings are designed to provide opportunity for Forum attendees to grapple with issues surrounding child-level assessment. Groups will review existing policies and practices with the aim of drafting design specifications for improved and re-engineered procedures for designing and implementing child assessments in early childhood classroom settings. These recommendations will be showcased at the spring 2012 follow-up Forum meeting.