Assessment for learning: Continuity
Te aromatawai me te ako: Motukore

Introduction - He kupu whakataki

Exemplars are examples of assessments that make visible learning that is valued so that the learning community (children, families, whānau, teachers, and beyond) can foster ongoing and diverse learning pathways [emphasis added].

Early Childhood Learning and Assessment Exemplar Project
Advisory Committee and Co-ordinators, 2002

This book is about one of the purposes and consequences of documented assessment in early childhood education. We know that feedback to children makes a difference to their learning. What difference does documented assessment make? The exemplars collected for the exemplar project suggest that documented assessments can make a difference to:

  • community: inviting the participation of children, families, whānau, teachers, and beyond;
  • competence: making visible the learning that is valued;
  • continuity: fostering ongoing and diverse pathways.

This book is about the third of these: continuity. Early childhood learning communities support and construct continuity by:

  • documenting “work in progress”;
  • revisiting portfolios, folders, and files;
  • building on prior knowledge, past experience, and current ability;
  • suggesting what the next step might be;
  • telling stories about the past;
  • passing on knowledge and skills to others;
  • developing, over time, some characteristics of “what we do here”;
  • commenting on connections across time and place;
  • looking back in order to look forward.

Learning stories in PDF format

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A summary of the exemplars for Assessment and Learning: Continuity follows:

  • Te rakiraki
  • Daniel's new grip
  • Greer's increasing confidence
  • George makes music
  • "Like something real"
  • Maria's passion for kōwhaiwhai
  • Fe'ao

For more information, or to request a hard copy of this exemplar book, please email the ministry.


Last updated: 17 November 2009