BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced an innovative web-based suite of early childhood assessment tools designed to measure school readiness and success for children from birth to age 8. Created by HMH’s Riverside division, Riverside Early Assessments of Learning™ (REAL™) seamlessly charts developmental progress toward key milestones and academic growth, providing reliable information for effective planning and targeted daily instruction.
“We are partners in lifelong learning, beginning with our commitment to quality early childhood materials that spark curiosity and support educators”
Authored by Dr. Bruce A. Bracken, a leading expert in the area of psycho-educational and early childhood assessment, REAL is research-based and comprehensive in scope. The program’s dynamic online platform guides users through measurement progressions and surveys that address key areas of development and includes customized content and assessment tools tailored specifically for Head Start, Early Childhood Special Education (IDEA Parts B & C) and Kindergarten Readiness. Because ongoing observational reporting is recorded by those who know young students best—educators, counselors and families—data is authentic and accurate. With this level of specialization, REAL meets reporting standards across the board, including Common Core, Head Start, state and federal standards, and others.
“REAL is forward looking, with criterion instruments designed to gauge children’s learning and development over time,” said Dr. Bracken. “The suite’s assessment and reporting platforms make it easy to collect accurate, authentic data across core early childhood domains while children are observed in their natural environments. The simple analysis and reporting of these outcomes leads to meaningful, easily understood results, which ultimately benefits our youngest learners.”
REAL’s web-based resources, which include online and print format administration, interpretation, and reporting options, provide results instantly and allow for an ongoing, longitudinal view of a child’s development at the individual, classroom, building, district/agency and state levels. Information can be shared across platforms and educational settings, and the flexible, user-friendly data collection and administration tools allow for individualized or group instruction plans that benchmark progress on key developmental and academic standards to ensure growth or consider intervention. Mobile capabilities will become available soon.
Later this year, Riverside will also publish the REAL Observation Scale portion of the suite, a version that will incorporate teacher-completed ratings scales based on educational standards from all 50 states. With strong psychometric qualities, these scales are designed to objectively identify students’ current levels of function and to monitor the ongoing progress of a child’s skill development before, during and after interventions.
“We are partners in lifelong learning, beginning with our commitment to quality early childhood materials that spark curiosity and support educators,” said Jim Nicholson, President, Riverside. “REAL is a breakthrough product because it streamlines the assessment process so teachers and parents can focus on creating a strong educational foundation for their children.”
REAL joins HMH’s comprehensive stable of early childhood education resources. From complete classroom curriculum to assessment tools to mobile games designed for preschoolers, HMH’s breadth of offerings provides educators and families with quality content to engage and inspire young learners.
To learn more about Riverside Assessments of Early Learning, please visit www.hmhco.com.
About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global learning company with the mission of changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the world’s largest providers of pre-K–12 education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH’s interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by 60 million students in 120 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.