Discussions Regarding the Preschool Observation Checklist and Evaluation Tool (POCET)

Friday, March 03, 2006


Is POCET endorsed by NAEYC?
NAEYC does not endorse any commercial product. However, POCET is in line with NAEYC’s new Accreditation Standards, particularly Standard # 4.

POCET has a formal assessment. I thought that formally assessing preschool children was not developmentally appropriate.
According to NAEYC Accreditation Standard # 4, it is appropriate to have a formal assessment as one of the measures for tracking progress. In NAEYC’s most recent publication, “The Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice,” it states that when given appropriately, a formal assessment is both appropriate and necessary to track a child’s progress.

Does POCET line up with my state’s standards for preschool education?
When developing POCET, the author checked many state core curriculum preschool standards that were available and Head Start Outcome Indicators. POCET will provide an easy way to track progress for almost every required accountability standard for preschool.

Why should I use POCET when we already have curriculum we have chosen?
POCET was developed to help teachers track the progress of individual children and to use that information to plan appropriate activities. It also gives teachers an opportunity to share tracking information with parents throughout the year. It was created to be used with any curriculum or assessments already in place. POCET helps teachers organize all of the teaching and monitoring in a way that is doable and makes sense.

Is POCET a scientific screener that has national norms?
No, POCET is not meant to be used as a screener to make decisions about special education services or developmental levels. POCET was not written to be the only assessment or tracking process used by a teacher. As stated in the NAEYC Accreditation Standard #4, multiple methods of assessment should be used in tracking children. Although POCET contains informal and formal assessment procedures, other measures should also be used by the teacher to track progress, such as portfolio samples, anecdotal records and screeners when appropriate.

I already have an assessment system. Why should I look at POCET?
If your assessment system is giving you all the information you need and if the teachers are able to use it efficiently and effectively, POCET may not be for you. Keep in mind that POCET is an organizational tool to monitor all tracking information for student progress and for use in planning effective activities. After looking at POCET, many teachers have stated that it is much easier to understand and more usable than the systems that they are using now. POCET can also be a compliment piece to any curriculum and assessment system.

How does POCET fit into the Head Start Outcome Indicators?
POCET actually works very well for the Head Start Outcome Indicators and also for the individualization that needs to happen in Head Start Classrooms. The Developmental Guidelines in POCET reflect the Head Start Outcome Indicators, so the Checklist Folder and Formal Assessment reflect those indicators. An important part of POCET for Head Start is the Lesson Plan form. All of the Head Start Requirements for planning and individualization are reflected on the POCET Lesson Plan form.


  • In response to Hannah Joy's question, the POCET program is geared toward NAEYC’s definition of preschool, which is 3-5 year olds (the two year prior to attending kindergarten). No, neither POCET or Discount School supply has not created the same type of system for toddlers. Perhaps some day.

    By Blogger POCET (tm), at 10:23 AM  

  • How much time is involved in the observation/recording? Would POCET be appropriate in a small setting such as mine with one teacher (me) and ten preschoolers ages 3-5? Will I be able to do the assessment and still teach?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:03 AM  

  • Try the book Focused Portfolios, available from Redleaf Press. It covers infant through preschool and is very easy to use.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:18 PM  

  • I saw the checklist and thought it might be a good supplement to what we already do. I bought the pack of checklist folders but there are no directions for use inside.Could someone tell me what ABCD stand for? Thanks!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:00 AM  

  • In response to this question regarding the checklist folders - these can indeed be a supplement to what you are already using. The folders contain (in black print) the 68 developmental guidelines for preschool-age children (3-5). The explanations for how to use the folders, etc. are in the complete POCET kit. However, you certainly can use the folders without using the complete POCET program.

    Regarding the ABCD designations in the RED print - those are for a formal assessment that is in the POCET program. The letters indicate different levels of understanding the child might have for the concept. The formal assessment was designed to meet the No Child Left Behind school readiness standard. Your school may already have a formal assessment for that purpose. Since you are not using the entire POCET program and do not have the formal assessment, the printed red areas are unnecessary for you. ALL skills are contained in the black print, therefore you can easily track progress using those guideline lists. I hope you find the folders to be useful for informal tracking of a child’s individual progress.

    Thanks for your inquiry; let us know if you have additional questions.

    By Blogger DSS Blog Team, at 12:57 PM  

  • I have seen POCET at the last two bilingual conventions that I have attended. The exhibitors said that POCET now has a Spanish version. I called the number on the flyer re: ordering the Spanish version and no one called me back, though I did speak with a sales rep. The only company that seems to be distributing POCET at this time is Discount School Supply and they only carry the English version and couldn't tell me who to contact re: the Spanish version.

    I am very interested in purchasing the POCET in Spanish for my preschool.

    By Anonymous Kim Garcia, at 10:27 PM  

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