Candidate and Program Assessment

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Deeper learning preparation programs use a wide range of authentic assessments that allow for the application of skills and knowledge and offer opportunities for candidates to bring together theory and practice to demonstrate their learning. These include regular informal and formal evaluations of clinical practice and other demonstrations of skills, as well as culminating assessments, such as capstone portfolios. Additionally, licensing and accreditation systems should focus more on educators’ learning opportunities and capacity to support child development and learning by moving from abstract theory to direct application tied to practice so that when educators enter schools and classrooms, they are well prepared to build productive learning environments and be able to understand and teach children effectively.