Certification of competences in Kindergarten and primary school

Tests and tools for effective evaluations

Product: Book

ISBN: 978-88-590-1774-5

Publication date: 01/01/2019

Suitable for: Nursery 2nd Level (ages 4-5), Primary 1st level (ages 6-7), Primary 2nd level (ages 8-10)


The recent regulatory guidelines provide for the adoption of unified models for the certification of competences (DM 742/2017).  How can we ensure that this does not remain an administrative and bureaucratic act, but becomes an incentive for teaching and fits naturally into the planning?  Evaluating and certifying competences presumes the use of tools that are not only able to identify the pupil’s level of learning, but also able to verify the use of knowledge and competences to solve complex and unprecedented problem situations.  The ideal framework for this type of assessment is, in turn, a didactics for competences, which enhances the application of knowledge, autonomy, responsibility, initiative and collaboration. The volume is divided into three parts, each one dedicated to a significant passage in the scholastic course of each student, offering working programs, models and assessment tools that allow for the demonstration and strengthening of the level of mastery of competences.  In particular, evaluation rubrics are presented complete with indicators that allow the teacher to detect: – the realization and performance of real-life learning tasks – the processes activated – the competences emerged.


PART 1 – Kindergarten
Skills test 1: The big quiz
Skills test 2: Everybody in the game
Transition worksheet

PART 2 – Primary school: third grade
Skills test 3: S.O.S. Earth: The 4R strategy
Skills test 4: Four friends at the cafè

PART 3 – Primary school: fifth grade
Skills test 5: Italy tour: an unforgettable trip!
Skills test 6: An unexpected present

Appendix 1 Tools for the evaluation of the 8 key competences for active citizenship and lifelong learning
Appendix 2 Legislative references: DM 742/2017 and Guidelines for the certification of skills
Appendix 3 The new key European skills for 2018