Assessments for Preschool
Assessments for preschools are necessarily different from assessments for primary and secondary schools. Such assessments can be completed online, including
Collaborative Team Checklist for RESPONDS Preschools
Preschool Leadership Checklist
Preschool Effective Behavior Supports Survey (PEBS)
Behavior Incident Reporting System (BIRS-NH)
The Behavior Incident Reporting System – NH is a web-based software system for collecting, aggregating and summarizing incidents of challenging behavior in early childhood programs. The system was developed by the New Hampshire Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports (NH CEBIS) and Lise Fox from the Louis De La Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida, with collaboration from public and private preschool and Head Start programs. The purpose of the BIRS-NH is to provide preschool programs with an early-childhood-friendly data management system for program-wide positive behavior intervention and support.
The BIRS-NH system was designed as an early, effective and efficient data collection, entry and generation system that is reliable, confidential and early childhood specific. The BIRS-NH can be used for (a) internal decision-making regarding program-wide systems and practices, (b) reporting to district, state and federal agencies regarding preschool behavioral or social/emotional outcomes, (c) collecting aggregated preschool data across states, regions, counties, and various program types, and (d) the design of behavior support plans with individual children and families.
The BIRS-NH database is managed by the NH CEBIS, a project of the Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC) in Bedford, NH, and is accessible to licensed users via a secure login at the NH CEBIS website at www.nhcebis.seresc.net. Information about adopting the BIRS-NH may be obtained by contacting the Early Childhood Coordinator at NH CEBIS, Tina Pomerleau-Bouchard.
Once an early childhood program chooses to use the BIRS-NH for data collection, designated preschool personnel are trained to enter reportable behavior incidents onto a protected web-space. The data entered in the BIRS-NH is password-protected so that only approved individuals may enter and access the data base. The data is then able to be summarized including information pertaining to individual students, groups of students, or program-wide data over a specified time period. Both lists and graphs are created for decision-making purposes. The BIRS-NH is flexible and may be adapted for individual preschools and program demographics. The major features include monitoring the number of behavior incident reports per month, generating the types of challenging behaviors that are most prevalent, and documenting the consequences and administrative decisions resulting from challenging behaviors.