Pearson’s Observational Assessments for Young Children Approved for Adoption by Pennsylvania Early-Learning Programs

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Work Sampling System and the Ounce Scale Reviewed by State Office of Child Development and Early Learning


Pearson announced today that two of its premier observational assessments for young children earned approval for use by publicly funded early-learning programs in Pennsylvania. Work Sampling System® and the Ounce Scale™ were reviewed and approved by the state’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning for use by state programs, such as Head Start pre-kindergarten programs and Keystone STARS, a statewide initiative to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early-learning programs.

The Work Sampling System for preschool through fifth grade and the Ounce Scale for infants and toddlers are developmentally appropriate observational assessments that promote the collection of observations and samples of children’s work. These observations and work samples can be rated against standard benchmarks of typically developing children in their age group. Both products contain parent-friendly materials, allowing teachers to further enhance their relationships with parents and other caregivers. Work Sampling and Ounce Online will allow providers to report children’s progress at the site, program, organization and state levels.

“Since the inception of the statewide assessment project, Pearson has partnered with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning to help build a strong foundation for Commonwealth children that will ensure that they develop and learn to their fullest potential,” said Carol Watson, president, Pearson’s Clinical Assessment business. “We look forward to continuing to work with the thousands of early-learning professionals in programs around the state as they use our widely adopted observational assessments to ensure that Pennsylvania’s youngest learners are on the path to success on the first day of kindergarten.”

The Work Sampling System allows preschool educators to collect information on children’s work and compare it to grade-specific guidelines. They can identify what children are learning, what they are beginning to master, and what they still need to work on and then use those observations to inform curriculum and instruction planning. The Work Sampling System is a criterion-referenced observational assessment with extensive research supporting reliability and validity.

The Ounce Scale provides a structure to help guide learning professionals and parents to observe and assess children’s development in the areas of personal connections, feelings about themselves, relationships with other children, understanding and communicating, exploration and problem-solving, and movement and coordination. With the Ounce Scale, Pennsylvania early-childhood educators and specialists have access to a highly reliable, criterion-referenced measure based on specific developmental standards that meet Early Head Start and federal assessment requirements, with online tools for data collection and reporting.

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