This topical guide on evaluation and assessment in early intervention will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).

  • Assessing and Guiding Young Children’s Development and Learning
    Oralie McAfee and Deborah Leong
    Pearson, 2016
    This book demonstrates how to do authentic classroom-based assessment and then how to interpret and use that information to plan curriculum. Curriculum should be responsive to and supportive of children’s learning and take into consideration the way young children develop and learn, as well as the early childhood teacher’s assessment responsibilities.
     LB 1139.25 .M4 2016  905667979
  • Assessment in Early Childhood Education
    Sue Wortham Clark
    Pearson, 2016
    This book helps prepare future and current teachers to measure or evaluate children in early childhood, to become fully informed about the range of assessment possibilities available, and to learn how those techniques and instruments can be most beneficial to the children in their classrooms.
    LB 3060.217 .W67 2016 894149389
  • Assessment of Young Children with Special Needs: A Context-Based Approach
    Susan M. Benner (Ed.)
    Thomson-Delmar Learning, 2003
    Focusing on the assessment of infants, toddlers, and preschool children with or at risk for developmental disabilities, this text provides an overview of multiple assessment techniques and contextual issues involved in assessment, such as environment and culture.
     WS 350.6 .B469a 2003  50767861
  • Authentic Assessment for Early Childhood Intervention: Best Practices
    Stephen J. Bagnato
    Guilford Press, 2007
    This book discusses and analyzes numerous aspects of assessment in early intervention and early childhood special education, including evaluations of early development, severe disabilities, cognitive functioning, and school readiness.
     WS 105.5 .E8 B147 2007  84900429
  • Learning Through Child Observation
    Mary Fawcett
    Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016
    This book examines the value of observation, its use in assessment and the practical aspects and methods of observational study.
    HV 751 .A6 .F39 2016 925426476
  • LINKing Authentic Assessment and Early Childhood Intervention: Best Measures for Best Practices
    Stephen J. Bagnato, John T. Neisworth, and Kristie Pretti-Frontczak
    Paul H. Brookes, 2010
    This reference book provides reviews of 80 authentic, widely used assessment tools for children 8 and under. It may help early childhood professionals make informed decisions while selecting assessment materials that meet recommended practices.
     WS 150.5 .E8 .L735 2010  645598257
  • Preschool Assessment: Principles and Practices
    Marla R. Brassard and Ann E. Boehm
    Guilford Press, 2007
    This book provides a developmentally informed framework for assessing 3- to 6-year-olds in accordance with best practices and IDEA guidelines. It takes the reader step by step through selecting appropriate measures, integrating data from a variety of sources, and using the results to plan and evaluate effective interventions and learning experiences.
     LB 1131 .B823 2007  76836094
  • The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success, 2nd edition
    Bonnie Keilty
    Teachers College Press, 2016
    Keilty explains what early intervention looks like and how families can best partner with professionals so that young children can learn, grow, and thrive. The book includes a chapter on assessment and planning outlining how parents and professionals can work together throughout the process.
     WS 350.6 K27 2016 937999299


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.

  • Authentic Assessment: Parents: Our Most Important Resource
    27-minute DVD
    Magna Systems, 2004
    This program emphasizes the importance of communicating with and respecting parents throughout the assessment process.
     LB 1731.6 A939d 2004 vol. 4  56603435
  • Authentic Assessment: Setting the Stage
    24-minute DVD
    Magna Systems, 2004
    This module sets the stage for understanding how children are observed within the context of their play as well as their culture and how these observations are important to understanding their total development.
     LB 1731.6 A939d 2004 vol. 1  56431982
  • One Child, Two Languages in Action: Educating & Assessing Young Second-Language Learners
    120 minute DVD.
    Patton Tabors, Mariela Paez, et al
    Brookes Pub Co, 2008.
    This video discusses techniques for educating young children who are dual-language learners as well as demonstrating recommended methods of assessment. This DVD was created as a companion to the book One Child, Two Languages by Patton O. Tabors. It includes educating and assessing young second-language learners.
      P 118.2 .O54 2008  263684747


We are still adding to this resource guide. Please check back later for additional resources.


The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us for more information.

  • Early Childhood Education Journal, 29(4), 251-257
    Involving Parents in Early Childhood Assessment: Perspectives from an Early Intervention Instructor
    Michael B. Brink. (2002)
    This article discusses the importance of involving parents and families in the assessment of young children. The author offers suggestions and examples to help the early intervention professional.
  • Journal of Early Intervention, 28(1), 17–22
    The Authentic Alternative for Assessment in Early Intervention: An Emerging Evidence-Based Practice.
    Stephen J. Bagnato. (2005)
    This article provides an overview, summary of the research, and a history of the shift in early intervention toward authentic assessment, which captures real-life competencies in everyday routines.
  • Young Children, 68(3) 22-27
    Appropriate and Meaningful Assessment in Family-Centered Programs
    James Elicker and Mary Benson McMullen. (2013)
    Appropriate assessment of infants and toddlers is strengths based, identifying and building on children’s capabilities, not what they cannot do, and is not used to “label” them. This article provides an overview of observation, documentation, screening, assessment, portfolios and goal/outcome setting. Direct link is available.
  • Young Exceptional Children, 7(3), 2–11
    Embedding Assessment of Young Children into Routines of Inclusive Settings: A Systematic Planning Approach
    Rebecca J. Cook. (2004)
    The author provides a planning guide to support early child care workers in implementing authentic assessment in inclusive settings and natural environments.

Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.

Evaluation and Assessment in EI