Early Years Evaluation
One of the assessment tools NLSD uses is the Early Years Evaluation, also known as EYE. The evaluation is done through observing children in the learning environment. The EYE assesses five areas:
Awareness of Self and Environment – this is the child’s ability to think and talk about their world and make connections with home and community experiences;
Social Skills and Approaches to Learning – this is the child’s attentiveness and persistence and whether they show signs of social and emotional connectedness with others;
Cognitive Skills – this includes the child’s ability to solve problems, recognize shapes and patterns, understand basic mathematical operations and emergent literacy skills, such as awareness of print and letter-sound correspondence;
Language and Communication – this is the child’s understanding of spoken works as well as their ability to express thoughts and feelings to others;
Physical Development – this is the child’s use of fine motor skills (small movements involving fingers in coordination with sight) and gross motor skills (large movements involving arms, legs and body).
EYE not only allows us to provided targeted instruction to individual students, it also allows us to identify trends within our schools, communities and division. This allows us to tailor our program and focus on areas that have been identified through the assessment.