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Research Knowledge

The Enrollment Management Association established an Early Childhood Assessment Working Group to understand best practices in assessment for young children and to make recommendations for improved practices within the independent school world.  In 2012, The Enrollment Management Association worked with researcher Chris Bigenho (Greenhills Schools, TX) to gather early childhood admission assessment methods used by our members for children in PK-2nd grade. We were surprised to discover IQ tests being used for admission purposes and given to children as young as three, and also learned that while group play assessment weighed heavily in admission decisions, each school we studied designed its own process.

With this focused working group, we seek to educate our members about new thinking and consider ways in which our community can improve its own practice in understanding young children and their development. The working group is led by Nancy Hayes, Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid at New Canaan Country School (CT), and supported by the association's Pedro Martello and Robyn Lewis.

Group Members

  • Nancy Hayes (Chair), New Canaan Country School (CT)
  • Eric Barber, Crossroads School (CA)
  • Jay Lasley, Norfolk Academy (VA)
  • Cheryl Plummer, Greenwich Country Day School (CT)
  • Andrea Prothro, Second Baptist School (TX)