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

Monday, March 06, 2006

So how does POCET work for you?

STEP 1: POCET identifies 68 Developmental Guidelines, which provide a scope and sequence of skills for Language, Literacy and Mathematics, plus 5 other domains of learning. These Developmental Guidelines are in developmentally appropriate order, and give teachers a blueprint for assessing each child’s progress.
STEP 2: POCET provides 4 basic activities to support skill progression for each of the 68 Developmental Guidelines – 272 easy-to-use activities in all!
STEP 3: POCET includes 25 Developmental Checklists for recording individual progress. These folders allow teachers to track each child’s progress throughout the year in each of the eight domains of learning.
STEP 4: POCET includes a formal assessment in the critical areas of Language, Literacy and Mathematics. This 25-question assessment includes 12 full color pictures for use in giving the assessment, and takes about 10 minutes to administer. The results of this assessment are also tracked in the Developmental Checklist Folder.
STEP 5: POCET allows teachers to graph the class’s progress in Math, Language and Literacy, to help identify gaps and tailor lesson plans to address them. Three Class Assessment Charts are provided.
STEP 6: POCET data can be used to inform instruction on the 52 Lesson Plans that come with POCET. Teachers use the information gathered from the formal and informal assessment to plan and create activities.

All the components listed above come with POCET and are packed into a sturdy storage box with a carry handle.


  • Hi, I am new to using POCET and have performed my first assessment using the guidelines. My question is, do you recommend I share each evaluation with the children's parents or should I wait until the end of the school year to illustrate how each child has grown?

    Thank you,

    By Blogger Devon, at 3:26 PM  

  • Devon,
    I recommned that you routinely let the parents know of their child's progress throughout the year.
    The reason for 4 copies of the Checklist folder is to share with the parents throughout the year

    By Blogger John Funk, at 7:39 PM  

  • Hi, I am wondering of there might be a bilingual version of POCET (either now, or on the way)?


    By Blogger Isabella, at 6:42 PM  

  • Hi, I am wondering if there might be a bilingual version of POCET (either now, or on the way)?


    By Blogger Isabella, at 6:46 PM  

  • Hi Isabella,
    Currently there are no plans to create a bilingual version of POCET.

    Thank you for inquiry.


    By Blogger POCET (tm), at 12:00 PM  

  • We are interested in sharing our assessment process with parents (we use POCET) are there any samples of letters sent to parents?

    By Anonymous Michelle Clauberg, at 8:35 AM  

  • Hi Michelle,

    There are sample parent letters in the Infant & Toddler POCET, but not in the preschool version (yet.) I will post a sample letter here on the blog so that you may use it. Please return to the homepage of the blog to see it.


    By Blogger John Funk, at 1:18 PM  

  • i am looking into using pocet but would like to see a complete sample page. the ones on discount do not show detail. i need to see if it is really what i want.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:19 AM  

  • Hi Sherl,
    Thank you for your comment. We have a complete sample pack at trade shows such as NAEYC and CAEYC. I would be happy to fax or email you a sample copy of some of the inserts that come in the complete POCET. Additionally, we have a detailed brouchure about everything included in POCET. I'd be happy to send that you as well. Please contact me by clicking on my name. You can also contact us on Twitter at School_Supplies


    By Anonymous POCET(tm), at 1:32 PM  

  • Hi - my school just purchased the POCET system and I would like to know how to start. Our children attend either 2 or 3 days per week. How long should it take a teacher to do the Fall Assessment for say 10 children in a class? Do you have some sample Lesson Plans that I could view? I need to let my teachers know what and how many of the Developmental Guideline Skills they'll be "testing" their children on each school day. Will you be a the NAEYC Conference in November in Anaheim, CA? Thanks in advance for your reply! Cindie

    By Blogger Cindie, at 9:51 PM  

  • Cindie,

    In answer to your questions, have your teachers read through binder 1 and binder 2. They should look at one of the checklist folders while they are reading through the binders.
    The amount of time needed depends on when the teachers choose to do the assessment. To do informal observations and mark the checklist, the teacher can do one subject at a time while the children are working at centers. It is not necessary to sit the child down and go through the entire list of 68 skills. Keep in mind the skills are in developmental order. If a child can't do the 2nd math skills, then it is unnecessary to the teacher to assess the child in the rest of the math skills. The formal assessment in binder #2 IS meant to be done all at once to assess the child's progress in language, literacy and math.
    I hope this information helps. We will be at NAEYC at the Discount School Supply booth. You can certainly come and talk with John Funk, the author of POCET, if you are at the conference. In the meantime, if you want to get in touch with us and share your contact information, we will have John contact you directly and give you any help necessary.

    By Anonymous POCET(tm), at 5:29 PM  

  • I am looking at buying POCET but I would like to see more samples. Is there any way I can get some? Thanks!

    By Blogger lori, at 7:07 AM  

  • Hi, We just recently purchased POCET and are eager to start using it this new school year. We noticed that there are no explanations for parents regarding the formal assesment marks (in red). How do you suggest we explain this part of the assesment to the parents?
    Thank you,

    By Anonymous Lisa, at 2:58 PM  

  • Hi Lisa,

    First: Thank you for your comment. To answer your questions...

    When providing an explanation for parents on the formal checklist marks (the red marks) on the folder, it will be helpful to look at the introduction to the formal assessment in Binder #2. This will give you help with the language of explaining why the formal assessment is listed as A. B. C. & D. It basically gives the parent and teacher the opportunity to see the progress the child is making in learning and mastering the skill (which is marked by letter “A”). It gives the teacher an opportunity to be a little more accurate than just listing “needs more support.” The formal assessment marks were created to show the child’s progress over the course of a school year.

    By Anonymous POCET, at 11:18 AM  

  • Hi Lisa,

    We have also developed a letter for teachers using POCET to inform and explain the tool to parents. We will upload this to our blog today. Hope it's helpful!


    By Anonymous POCET, at 11:28 AM  

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