One of the most profound challenges in early childhood is aligning developmentally appropriate curriculum with high quality interactions focused at the developing level of each child’s growth and learning, including those with special learning needs.  Several considerations are important when meeting goals for this type of effective early learning instruction. Effective teaching builds upon children’s current level of understanding, creates links among multiple skills, and is responsive to the individual learning needs of each child.  Ongoing assessment using the LAP-3 provides the information critical to supporting this process.

Purpose

An ongoing assessment to measure development in children ages 36 mos. to 72 mos of age across 7 developmental domains – Language, Cognitive, Pre-Writing, Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Adaptive (Self-Help), and Personal/Social.

Ages

Children Ages 3 – 6

Administration

The LAP-3 is an observation based on-going assessment instrument.  In conjunction with the OnlineLAP web-based assessment tool users can document and monitor child progress over time.  Results can be summarized at multiple checkpoints during the year (Beginning, Mid-year, or End-year) or in an ongoing format.

Overview

The LAP-3 offers a comprehensive assessment system that tracks individual child growth and progress in the many foundational process skills and domain specific skills needed for school readiness. With the LAP-3 teachers observe and document individual skill progression overtime based on ongoing observation through formative assessment as well as interim/benchmark assessments throughout the year.  Information gathered through these ongoing assessments provide useful and meaningful information to inform curriculum and instruction. LAP-3 reports provide support for making ongoing observation and use of information part of daily teaching practices.

LAP-3 results can be applied in the following ways:

  • To provide individual skill development information for planning developmentally appropriate activities at home and school.
  • To provide supporting documentation of individual skill development for children with potential developmental delays or specific disabilities.
  • To conduct research on preschool, kindergarten, or special needs children.
  • To train teachers, paraprofessionals, clinicians, and parents on developmentally appropriate assessment practices.
  • To assist early childhood programs in meeting national and state requirements (e.g., Head Start Child Outcomes, state standards).
  • To assist the teacher in lesson planning by incorporating information gathered from the assessment to guide instruction and classroom planning.

Flexible reporting allows users to create reports for individual children, for classrooms, for sites and for programs to monitor the progress of individual children or groups of children. The LAP-3 also includes more advanced reporting features for administrative users such as the Evaluation and Planning Report that are customizable, allowing users to select what type(s) of data to include in the report and for which reporting period(s).

Head Start Alignments

Alignments by State


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LAP-3 Reports

One of the most profound challenges in early childhood is aligning developmentally appropriate curriculum with high quality interactions focused at the developing level of each child’s growth and learning, including those with special learning needs. Several considerations are important when meeting goals for this type of effective early learning instruction. Effective teaching builds upon children’s current level of understanding, creates links among multiple skills, and is responsive to the individual learning needs of each child. Ongoing assessment using the LAP-3 provides the information critical to supporting this process.

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