Kei Tua o te Pae
The Early Childhood Education Learning and Assessment Exemplar project started as a pilot project alongside the Ministry of Education's National Exemplar project in schools. Collaborative, credit-based narrative assessment is at the heart of the approach. Narrated stories document children's engagement in learning experiences. Subsequent assessment of the learning informs ongoing learning. The stories and assessments are presented in children's portfolios for children, families and teachers to read and re-read.
Narrative assessment may include teacher observations, learning stories, transcripts, children's work, parent/whānau stories and children's comments and may be accompanied by photographs or short video clips.
Kei Tua o te Pae explores and informs assessment practice in early childhood education. Everyday assessments from a range of early childhood settings have been selected as exemplars to explore important assessment and learning questions. They are not necessarily "exemplary" in the sense of being excellent or perfect, but rather they illustrate a wide range of learning experiences in a range of assessment formats. The exemplars strongly reflect the principles of Te Whāriki and sociocultural approaches to learning and teaching. The core framework of noticing, recognising, and responding is at the heart of effective assessment and quality teaching practice.
The Ministry of Education and the early childhood sector have worked in partnership to develop this resource, which draws on research undertaken over the past ten years. Teachers from around 50 early childhood education settings across New Zealand and the early childhood sector spent two years working with a team of early childhood leaders, co-directed by Dr Margaret Carr and Wendy Lee, to develop these exemplars.
Kei Tua o te Pae will help teachers to develop practices that integrate assessment and quality learning experiences and to engage with children, parents, and whānau about children's learning and progress.