Assessment in Early Years Education

Monitoring progress enables learning to become visible. A primary task in early education is to establish a foundation for students' positive self-concept as learners and school-goers, as well as to develop readiness for later work and learning. From the very first grades, students are guided towards collaboration, self-reliance, and taking responsibility for school tasks. Careful monitoring of each student's progress is particularly important at the beginning of basic education to ensure that students have the prerequisites for progressing in their studies.
The goal of student assessment is to guide and encourage learning, as well as to describe how well the student has achieved the goals set for growth and learning. The purpose of assessment is to help the student form a realistic picture of their learning and development, thus supporting the growth of their personality. Assessment guides learning, so it should be integrated into the learning process.
Formative assessment, which supports and promotes learning, guides and supports the student's learning. Assessment encourages the student to experiment, correct, and continue their actions based on the feedback received, for example, from self-assessment. Self-assessment helps the student to see and understand their own actions. Through self-assessment, the teacher also gains important insights into the student's own experience of how the learning process is progressing. Learning involves permanent changes in thinking and actions. These changes are made visible through assessment.

Qridi makes learning visible and facilitates assessment work.

Reaching milestones like completing the parrot's flight path and celebrating achievement can be a significant landmark in a student's journey towards growing up. As the carriages of the assessment train fill up, the student experiences feelings of success. At the same time, they know what they are supposed to learn next. When flipping through their diary, they may notice interesting things they have learned during their journey as a student. Often, students eagerly browse through entries from previous months.
Qridi is a highly regarded platform among preschool and primary school teachers for learning and assessment. It makes the learning process visible to different parties and facilitates giving feedback. Every learner knows the learning objectives and their progress towards them.
Qridi offers several functionalities that support the needs of preschool and primary education. As a teacher, you can choose the most suitable ones for your use or even utilize all of them!

The Journal serves as a growth folder.

The strength of the Journal lies in the fact that it does not require literacy skills to use. Instructions can be given through audio clips, images, and videos. Even preschoolers and early elementary students can learn to record audio, pictures, and videos in the diary. Often, the work of young students is stored in a growth folder, which is eventually sent home at some point. Recording moments in the diary is easily done throughout the year, and guardians can follow the child's recordings as they accumulate.
The diary function allows the child to participate in capturing their own moments. They can capture shapes from their surroundings, record sounds, and film the freezing process of ice diamonds. When practicing emotional skills, they can act out sadness, anger, or joy in front of the camera. Similarly, pictures from nature walks depicting the changing seasons or traffic signs from the local area can be recorded.

Practicing self-assessment skills is easy.

With the assessment function, even the basics of self-assessment skills can be practiced. By incorporating a picture into the assessment, even a young learner can respond using a developing parrot scale to their own experience, such as how difficult preschool tasks felt or if they remembered to include everyone in games. Assessments can draw attention to themes important for growing up as a student.

The assessment train breaks down the curriculum's learning objectives into clear goals.

The goal of the assessment train is to make the learning process visible, concrete, and easily trackable, regardless of the learners' knowledge and skill levels. With the introduction of the assessment train, students practice learning how to learn, planning their own learning, setting goals, and self-assessment during the learning process with the support of the teacher. Additionally, the aim is to facilitate the transfer of information and the transition from preschool to first grade, as well as progression from second grade to third grade.
The assessment train is designed to be used in preschool and early primary education. The graphical environment and user interface of the assessment train are created with the learner's age and developmental level in mind, making it motivating, appealing, and suitable for the child's world. The student does not need to know how to read to use the assessment train.

Ready-made Assessment Trains

  • Learning to Read (English)
  • Learning to Write (English)
  • Self-Expression
  • Learning Skills
  • ICT-Skills
The learning contents of the assessment trains can be adhered to any curriculum and divided into clear learning objectives placed into separate carriages. Ready-made assessment train templates are also available. In the process of dividing, grouping, and placing the content into carriages, the assistance of subject matter experts has been sought. Teachers/schools/cities can also create their own trains.
Each train consists of multiple carriages. Each carriage contains a description of competencies for the student. For example, in the Math Train, the first carriages might be "I can classify", "I can compare", and "I can sequence and order".
The student, together with the teacher, can assess their own competence in relation to the competency goal of each carriage. Typically, competence is assessed several times during the semester. It is possible to document the student's competence in each carriage in a clear manner through video, pictures, audio recordings, and text. The documentation can be done by the student themselves or the teacher.
All those involved in the learning process—teachers, parents, and students themselves—are able to monitor the student's practice, goal-setting, and progress in their studies. Teachers, parents, and students can all see a real-time picture of the students' progress. Students have the opportunity to receive encouraging feedback from both parents and teachers during the learning process.
Color codes in the teacher's interface represent different levels of competence. The entire class's learning process becomes visible to both the teacher and the student.
The Assessment Train is particularly useful in flexible preschool and early primary education, in studies not tied to specific grade levels, and in classrooms that enable students to have individual learning paths. It is also well-suited for supporting students with special needs in both upward and downward differentiation. The Assessment Train also serves assessment discussions very effectively. For example, it helps parents to understand the goals and contents of the curriculum better than before. The Assessment Train is not tied to any textbook and is easy to use both in traditional teacher-led styles and with individualized teaching methods.

The Quizzes feature reduces the workload of the teacher.

The teacher can assign students simple exam-like exercises by either creating the exercises themselves or using ready-made ones. Depending on the teacher's choice, students can respond to the exercises once or multiple times within the validity period. Images can also be added to the questions. The teacher, student, and guardian receive information about the student's performance. Exercises are mostly self-correcting, saving the teacher time and effort. Qridi's Library offers a wealth of ready-made exercises for early education.

The student's personal goals are integrated into everyday life.

The teacher can create individual or class-wide goals for students. Students can also set personal goals for themselves. They can assess their own progress towards these goals, and the teacher can monitor their progress as well. The goal feature is highly useful in discussions between the student, guardian, and teacher, especially in assessment discussions.

Logging into Qridi is Easy.

Students can conveniently log into Qridi using a QR code. Typically, students use Qridi on tablet devices or smartphones.
The students' credentials can be printed from the teacher's interface. Often, these are found laminated in the student's locker or between the pages of their notebook. The QR code significantly reduces the time required for logging in.

Users' Experiences of Using Qridi in Early Years Education

"Qridi is a clear and inspiring learning environment for students."
- Elementary school teacher
"The layout and functions of Qridi are suitable for grades 1-2, with which I have used Qridi."
- Classroom teacher
"In Qridi, the good thing is its child-friendliness, clarity, genuine support for schoolwork, and it's not just some 'extra'."
- Elementary school teacher