Developmentally Appropriate Assessment

The concept developmentally appropriate has been promoted through policies and publications of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which has a current membership of 93,000 early childhood educators in child care agencies, public and private schools, and postsecondary educational institutions. NAEYC's position statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth Through Age 8 defines developmental appropriateness in terms of two dimensions: age appropriateness and individual appropriateness. Early childhood learning environments and experiences are age appropriate when they are consistent with knowledge of how young children of the particular age span typically develop. They are individually appropriate when they respond to the unique "pattern and timing of growth, as well as individual personality, learning style, and family background" of each child in the group.

The concept of developmental appropriateness is applied to assessment in the following instances:

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