Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs


  2. A. Course Title: Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs
    B. Course Number: ED 213C - 30016
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Wong, Ruth
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129D
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2839
    J. Office Hours: I am no longer on campus. If you have a question about the alternative licensure program or the early childhood program this summer, please contact Dianne Marquez at
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This basic course familiarizes students with a variety of culturally appropriate assessment methods and instruments, including systematic observation of typically and non-typically developing children. The course addresses the development and use of formative and summative assessment and evaluation instruments to ensure comprehensive quality of the total environment for children, families, and the community. Students will develop skills for evaluating the assessment process and involving other teachers, professionals, and families in the process. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course fulfills New Mexico Junior College's education requirement for a vocational certificate in Early Childhood Education and/or an Associate in Arts degree with emphasis in early childhood education. Please note that if a student intends to transfer to another institution, it is the student's responsibility to verify the transferability of this course with the receiving school or institution.



    Assessment in Early Childhood Education, Seventh Edition, by Sue C. Wortham, 2016 (9780133802917)


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grading Distribution
    Module Zero - 50
    Discussion Board - 200
    Early Learning Guidelines - 100
    Assessment Review - 100
    Observation Assignment - 100
    Research Paper - 100
    Participation - 100
    Test 1 (ch. 1 - 2) 100
    Test 2 (ch. 3 - 4) 100
    Test 3 (ch. 5 - 7) 100
    Final Exam (ch. 8 - 10) 100
    Total 1150

    Late work policy – All rubrics include a “timeliness” component. Points will be taken off for late work. Online, the assignment is available to you for one week after it is due. After one week, you will need to contact the professor to get information about the assignment. The instructor reserves the right to round up the final grade.

    Grades for the course will be posted by the end of the day on Sundays of each week.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Education Department uses the Core Competencies established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

    -Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

    -Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    -Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    -Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.

    -Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    -Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    This course should provide students with the opportunity to utilize a variety of culturally appropriate assessment instruments, and develop formative and summative evaluation to ensure the comprehensive quality of the total environment for children, families, and the community. Students in this course should also develop skills in the assessment process while working with other teachers, professionals, and families.

    The following objectives are taken from the New Mexico State Department of Education's Common Core competencies for Early Childhood professionals. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies at the established level of proficiency.

    The student should:
    1. demonstrate knowledge of assessment and evaluation practices that are valid and appropriate.
    2. demonstrate knowledge of maintaining appropriate records of children's development and behavior that safeguard confidentiality and privacy.
    3. demonstrate knowledge of the educator's role as a participating member of the assessment process as described and mandated by state and federal regulations for Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP) and Individual Education Plans (IEP).
    4. demonstrate understanding of the influences of environmental factors, cultural/linguistic differences, and diverse ways of learning on assessment outcomes.
    5. involve the family and, as appropriate, other team members in assessing the child's development, strengths, and needs in order to set goals for the child.
    6. share assessment results as appropriate with families in clear, supportive ways.
    7. Develop and describe and use formative and summative program evaluation tools to ensure comprehensive quality of the total environment for children, families, and the community.
    8. use both self and collaborative evaluations as part of on-going program/evaluation.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    The instructor will respond to student e-mail within 48 hours.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    All assignments are due on Sunday nights at midnight, except the initial discussion board.

    Weekly Schedule
    Week 1 – Read chapter 1
    Introductions and Module Zero due
    Week 2 – Read chapter 2
    Week 3 – Continue reading chapter 2
    Test 1 (Ch. 1-2)
    Week 4 – Read chapter 3
    Early Learning Guidelines due
    Week 5 – Continue reading chapter 3
    Week 6 – Read chapter 4
    Assessment Review due
    Week 7 – Continue reading chapter 4
    Week 8 – Read chapter 5
    Test 2 (Ch. 3-4)
    Week 9 – Read chapter 6
    Observation Assignment due
    Week 10 – Read chapter 7
    Week 11 – Read chapter 8
    Test 3 (Ch. 5-8)
    Week 12 – Read chapter 9
    Week 13 – Read chapter 10
    Research Paper due
    Week 14 – No assignments, Happy Thanksgiving
    Week 15 - Read chapter 11
    Week 16 – Review chapters 9-11
    Final Exam (chapters 9-11)
    due Tuesday, Dec. 12th at midnight
    Updated: 4/7/2017

    **Note: The preceding information may be changed at the discretion of the instructor as needed or warranted.**