Early Childhood Assessment From Pearson Accurately Predicts Academic Success, Illuminates Path to Early Intervention

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Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning (DIAL-4) Based on Powerful Research Predictors for Early Childhood

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A wealth of research supports that early childhood intervention is key to future academic and social success. Now preschool and kindergarten teachers and early childhood specialists can quickly screen large groups of young children with more ease and accuracy than ever before with the DIAL-4 (Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning) from Pearson.

DIAL-4 features new norms to improve testing accuracy. Today’s children know a lot more than they did just 10 years ago, and DIAL-4’s new standards better predict academic success and protect against underreporting as a result of administering items that are too easy. The assessment’s new teacher questionnaire provides another source of information to help see the whole child from a developmental perspective. New test items such as Rapid Object Naming are based on the most recent child development research to make DIAL-4 even more accurate in predicting academic success.

The DIAL-4 has been successfully piloted by clinicians and in schools around the country. Dr. Tracy Larson, a clinical psychologist in Newark, N.J., said, “The DIAL-4 is a significant upgrade from the DIAL-3 in many ways and is my No. 1 choice for a preschool screening instrument. The manipulatives are very child-friendly, and the tasks are appealing to most young children. Tasks measuring motor, language and cognitive skills are easy to administer and score individually, as well as with a team of professionals. Of interest to the busy clinician, the record form is clearer and easier to use than previous versions.”

Debi Lale, the Parents as Teachers director for Hollister R-V School District in Missouri, also was impressed with the enhancements made in the update of the widely used early childhood assessment. She said, “After using the DIAL-3 for years, our program was so pleased that the DIAL-4 was being introduced, and we were not disappointed. Though still very similar to the DIAL-3, the types of tasks provide more information regarding a child’s developmental stage. We are looking forward to using the DIAL-4 for our kindergarten screenings this year.”

DIAL-4’s enhanced instructions and simplified record forms make the assessment easier to implement and increase scoring and reporting accuracy. In addition, the DIAL-4 Online Scoring System allows educators to enter raw scores, enhances security and allows data to be gathered in a hierarchical basis from all sites using DIAL-4, all the way to the state level.

”When early childhood specialists quickly and easily identify young learners who may be in need of intervention or further diagnostic assessment, they are able to map out a learning path that can put them on the road to success in school and in life,” said Carol Watson, president, Pearson’s Clinical Assessment business. “We developed this new version of DIAL based on the most current research in early childhood assessment, while making it simple to administer to large groups of children, with confidence that the results will be highly accurate.”

Available in both English and Spanish, DIAL-4 provides scores for all five early childhood areas: motor, language, concepts, self-help development and social-emotional development. For more information, call 800-627-7271, email ClinicalCustomerSupport@Pearson.com or visit http://www.pearsonassessments.com.

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Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education services, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to http://www.pearsonassessments.com.

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Adam Gaber, Pearson
800-745-8489 / adam.gaber@pearson.com / @apgaber (twitter)

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