Early Childhood Assessment
Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) and Preschool
•Prereading and prewriting subtests can be administered individually or in small groups (maximum of 5 students).
•Prereading directions tell the student to mark an X on the correct picture (answer). After the test, the examiner fills in the corresponding bubble in the student assessment booklet.
•Prewriting consists of 17 different writing tasks, including copying and producing letters, words, and sentences.
Preliteracy assessment booklets are machine scorable. AZELLA Form AZ-2 became the official assessment used on August 1, 2008.
Further information is available through the Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS) website
Preschool Assessment Manual
The goal of educators should always be to assist students in reaching their full potential. The assessment process is an essential element in achieving this goal as it allows teachers, administrators, and students to make data-driven decisions that best support each individual learner. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) describes the assessment process as, “gathering information about children from several forms of evidence, then organizing and interpreting that information”. The Preschool Assessment Manual, published in 2016, was written by ADE ECE, in collaboration with several of Arizona’s early learning teachers and administrators, to guide early childhood programs in the development of a robust comprehensive assessment system. The manual makes recommendations to promote best practices in early childhood settings by referencing evidence-based resources and tools.
Early Intervention Transitions (Part C to Part B)