Child Development Associate (CDA) Practice Exam



The Child Development Associate Practice Exam assesses students’ knowledge of the concepts of early childhood care and education taught in the CDA course and assesses student readiness to take the Early Childhood Studies Review administered by the Council for Professional Recognition. A passing score indicates that a student is adequately prepared for the written examination portion of the CDA credentialing process. The Child Development Associate Practice Exam was vetted by the Council for Professional Recognition. The examination is aligned with the curriculum materials (Essentials text) designed by the CDA Professional Preparation Program from the Council for Professional Recognition as well as CDA training materials published by Teaching Strategies, Inc (Caring For Infants and Toddlers and Caring for Preschool Children). The CDA Practice Exam is a paper and pencil examination comprised of 50 multiple choice questions. Students are allowed 90 minutes for completion. The test is administered at or near the end of the instructional period of at least 120 hours.


Cut Score: Students must achieve a score of 80% to pass the Child Development Associate Practice Exam.


State/National Data: n/a



Suggested minimum target for pass/fail system: 65% of students who complete the required 120 hours of instruction will pass the practice exam.



Suggested mid and high target for two-tier system: Low-performing=0-54%; mid-performing=55-69%; high-performing=70% or above.


New Questions:

ACHIEVEMENT
How is achievement measured as defined by the test developer?
What are the DC averages?
What is the national average or norm?
WHAT IS YOUR SUGGESTION FOR AN ACHIEVABLE TARGET/MINIMUM LEVEL ACCEPTABLE FOR ACHIEVEMENT? (so if we go with a yes/no dichotomous scoring scheme)
WHAT IS YOU SUGGESTION FOR A REACH/IDEAL TARGET FOR ACHIEVEMENT? (so if we go with a low/mid/high performance three tiered scoring scheme)

Old Questions:
- Quick overview of this assessment.
- What are the proficiency levels or cut scores?
- How is growth calculated for this assessment (i.e., 3 points is adequate growth for students in the 220-250 range)
- Test reliability if that information is available.- anything else you find relevant about the assessment and how scores are used
- Anything else you find relevant about the assessment and how scores are used.