Authentic Assessment

This module expands on the ECPC curriculum module for EI/ECSE Standard 4, Assessment Processes, and its components 4.2 and 4.4. The learning resources provided are designed to be used in both pre-service and in-service to facilitate the integration of the knowledge and skills addressed by this topic. The learning resources specifically address developing and/or selecting authentic assessment measures (i.e., informal assessments) that are culturally and linguistically appropriate for the child and family, administering those measures in natural and inclusive environments, developing, and utilizing observation skills, using play-based methods as appropriate, and using the data collected to monitor progress and make decisions about intervention and instruction. This module does not focus on the formal assessment aspects of components 4.2 and 4.4.

Purpose

The purpose of this module is to: (a) identify what learners should know and be able to do specific to authentic assessment, (b) provide higher education faculty and PD providers with a variety of learning resources for this topic, and (c) identify the relationship of these resources to adult learning practices. It is designed to be used flexibly for preservice and ongoing professional development.

Objectives

After engaging with these resources, IHE faculty and PD providers will be able to:

  • Identify learner outcomes specific to authentic assessment.
  • Identify resources to integrate into the higher education curriculum and/or content for PD.
  • Identify the relationship of the resources with evidence-based practices for adult learners.

PowerPoint Presentations:

This sample syllabus provides ideas for resources, activities, readings, and assignments, aligned with the EI/ECSE standards.  Consider state and university policies and add them as appropriate.  This is a sample only and is not a complete syllabus.

What Learners Should Know and Be Able to Do

Component 4.2 Learners develop and administer informal assessments and/or select and use valid, reliable formal assessments using evidence-based practices, including technology, in partnership with families and other professionals.

Learners Who Have Mastered this Component/Topic Know and Understand:

  • informal assessment, and
  • play-based assessment.

Learners Who Have Mastered this Component/Topic Are Able To:

  • develop informal assessments,
  • administer informal assessments using evidence-based practices,
  • administer informal assessments using technology, as appropriate,
  • use play-based assessment methods as appropriate,
  • collaborate with families and other professionals in the administration of informal assessments, and
  • work with cultural mediators and/or interpreters on the assessment team.

 

Component 4.4 Learners, in collaboration with families and other team members, use assessment data to determine eligibility, develop child and family-based outcomes/goals, plan for interventions and instruction, and monitor progress to determine the efficacy of programming.

Learners Who Have Mastered this Component/Topic Know and Understand:

  • individualized planning, and
  • data-based decision-making.

Learners Who Have Mastered this Component/Topic Are Able To:

  • collaborate with families and other team members to integrate informal and authentic assessment data to develop child and family outcomes/goals and individualized plans,
  • use ongoing informal assessment data to monitor progress, and
  • use ongoing informal assessment data to adapt and enhance intervention and instruction.

Multimedia Illustrations

This section includes short videos, video vignettes, TED Talks, and webinars that relate to the topic. The majority addresses the evidence-based practice for adult learners of illustration.  Some are informational and relate to the practice of introduction.

Component and Title Key Content Duration Link
4.2 Abigail and Samantha Working on Computers Preschoolers Abigail and Samantha demonstrate a variety of cognitive, digital, communication, and social skills while playing computer games next to each other. This video clip can be used for observation, documentation, and assessment skills. 3:16 View
4.2 Alexa and Ulysses Order Pizza Alexa and Ulysses demonstrate a range of imaginative, social, and communication skills while playing together in the dramatic play area. In Spanish. This video clip can be used for observation, documentation, and assessment skills. 4:15 View
4.2 At the Breakfast Table Preschoolers Mariyam, Mical, and Asli demonstrate a variety of self-help, manipulative, communication, and social skills at the breakfast table. This video clip can be used for observation, documentation, and assessment skills. 3:07 View
4.2 Aurelius Reading at Naptime This video clip tells the story of how a preschool teacher used digital video and other technologies to help document and assess a young boy's notable skills and share the information with the child's family. 4:52 View
4.2 Authentic Assessment in Early Intervention Physical Therapist Megan Kish Fibbe describes and illustrates how authentic assessment practices enhance EI work with children and families.  Focuses on the purposes and uses of observation in a home setting as an authentic assessment tool. 7:36 View
4.2 Authentic Child Assessment This Puckett Institute video describes authentic child assessment practices which include methods and strategies for identifying the contextual and adult behavior that promote a child’s participation and learning in everyday activities. The assessment practices involve observing children’s engagement in everyday activities, the learning opportunities that occur in the activities, child strengths and abilities displayed in the activities, and the adult behavior that can support child participation and learning in the activities. 2:13 View
4.2 Clearing Your View: Staying Objective in Observation This video explains how to observe babies and record what is seen in an objective way that will help staff understand the meaning of the child's behavior. 6:38 View
4.2 Collaborating with Language Interpreters – Information for Home Visitors This video highlights tips home visitors and language interpreters can use when collaborating and working with families. 5:19 View
4.2 Collecting and Using Anecdotal Records Collecting and using anecdotal records to document child progress is discussed. 3:56 View
4.2 Collecting and Using Video This video discusses how to use video in an early childhood classroom to collect information to document child progress. 5:38 View
4.2 Collecting and Using Work Samples Collecting and using work samples to document children’s learning in the preschool classroom is discussed. 4:58 View
4.2 Documentation as a Habit This video illustrates the exemplary documentation practices of Kim Moroze and her staff at Emerald Preschool, Boulder Valley School District. The teaching team and parents discuss and illustrate the uses of observation notes, photography, and video. 8:03 View
4.2 Four Boys Talk About a Garbage Truck During choice time, four boys watch a video of a recent visit by sanitation workers and talk about their experience. This video clip can be used for observation, documentation, and assessment skills. 2:04 View
4.2 Gabby Gabby, a toddler, demonstrates a variety of physical skills. This video clip can be used for observation, documentation, and assessment skills. 1:38 View
4.2 Gabby and Nicholas

 

Toddlers, Gabby, and Nicholas demonstrate a variety of cognitive, social, and physical skills as they engage with objects and one another. This video clip can be used for observation, documentation, and assessment skills. 2:20 View
4.2 Joy and Johna Working on a Puzzle Preschoolers, Joy, and Johna demonstrate a rich variety of fine motor, communication, social, play, and problem-solving skills while working together on a puzzle. This video clip can be used for observation, documentation, and assessment skills. 6:04 View
4.2 Joy on the Playground Preschooler Joy demonstrates a variety of gross motor, imaginative, communication, and social skills on the playground with peers. This video clip can be used for observation, documentation, and assessment skills. 3:18 View
4.2 Lilly Lilly, just learning to crawl, demonstrates physical and communication skills as she interacts with materials, peers, and a caregiver. This video clip can be used for observation, documentation, and assessment skills. 1:38 View
4.2 Look at Me! Using Focused Child Observation with Infants and Toddlers This video podcast introduces viewers to using focused observation with infants and toddlers and gives them an opportunity to “try out” some of the techniques discussed. 7:40 View
4.2 Planning for Assessment This video describes how teachers can plan efficiently for conducting ongoing assessments of children's learning in the preschool classroom. This video mentions the previous Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. Viewers should instead reference the newer Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five (ELOF) for early learning domains and goals. 2:55 View
4.2 Play-Based Assessment Play-based assessment is discussed, including the role of the parent/caregiver and professionals. 5:59 View
4.2 Profitt Profitt, a toddler, demonstrates a variety of physical skills as he explores his classroom and materials. This video clip can be used for observation, documentation, and assessment skills. 3:43 View
4.2 Samantha and Sara Building Towers and Castles Preschoolers, Sara, and Samantha demonstrate a variety of imaginative, manipulative, gross motor, communication, and social skills in the block area. This video clip can be used for observation, documentation, and assessment skills. 6:45 View
4.2 Samantha on the Playground Preschooler Samantha demonstrates a rich variety of gross motor skills over a short period of time on the playground. This video clip can be used for observation, documentation, and assessment skills. 1:46 View
4.2 Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment and Intervention for Young Children Toni Linder discusses the transdisciplinary play-based assessment and intervention in this webinar. 43:14 View
4.2 Using Checklists This video shows simple ways to develop and use checklists to collect data on child progress in a classroom or home setting. 4:56 View
4.2 Using iPod Touch and Dragon Dictation to Record Observation Notes Illustrates how early care and education providers can use the free Dragon Dictation app on the iPod Touch to document observation notes. 3:15 View
4.2 Using the iPod Touch and iPhone to Record Video and Photographic Documentation and Photographic Documentation Three teachers discuss and illustrate how they use the iPhone and iPod Touch to record, watch, and share video and photographs as part of child observation. 3:51 View
4.2 Watching Video Documentation with Children This video illustrates how watching video documentation with children can be used as a strategy for assessment and can enhance children’s engagement in activities and choice-making. 3:49 View
4.2 What is Authentic Assessment? This video illustrates the primary features and purposes of authentic assessment in a classroom setting. 3:02 View
4.4 Data Can Help Every Student Excel Data is one of the most powerful tools to inform, engage, and create opportunities for students along their education journey—and it is much more than test scores. Data helps us make connections that lead to insights and improvements. Everyone has an important role to play in helping all students succeed in their own individualized ways. Here’s what it will look like when data is working for all students. 2:00 View
4.4 Sharing Video Documentation with Families Christina Devarona provides a powerful illustration of how video can help understand children’s learning and development and share that information with families. 2:47 View
4.4 Using Child Assessment Data to Achieve Positive Outcomes Administrators and teachers illustrate how they use authentic child assessment data to (1) inform funders, (2) inform classroom instruction (begins at 5:15), (3) meet the needs of individual children (begins at 7:15 and again at 12:18), (4) share with families (begins at 8:55), and (5) supports teachers (begins at 10:28). 14:20 View
4.4 Using Data to Inform Teaching This video describes how to use assessment data to inform and adjust intervention and instruction practices. 2:42 View
4.4 Using Documentation at Emerald Preschool This video illustrates several ways that documentation is organized and used at Emerald Preschool, Boulder Valley School District. 9:00 View
4.4 Using Video to Celebrate Progress Physical Therapist Megan Klish Fibbe shows how video can support families by highlighting family strengths and child progress. 2:09 View

Note: The Results Matter Video Library has many other video clips for Practicing Observation, Documentation, and Assessment which include children ages birth through five years in a variety of activities and settings.

Learning Activities

The projects or assignments require learners to apply knowledge and skills related to the topic. They align with the evidence-based practices for adult learners of authentic learning, reflection, guidance, performance feedback, and follow-up activities.

Component 4.2

  1. Assessment Tool Review: Learners conduct a review of a criterion-referenced assessment measure or curriculum-based assessment measure for children ages birth to three and one for children ages three through five. The review should contain information about the intended purpose of the measure, target age range, domains assessed, reliability and validity information, a description of administration and scoring procedures, and a brief summary of the strengths and limitations of the instrument. A list of measures will be provided by the instructor.
  2. Administer and Interpret a Criterion-Referenced, Curriculum-Based Assessment Measure: Administer a criterion-referenced or curriculum-based assessment measure with a child ages birth to three and one with a child aged three through five years. Video each administration. Score and summarize by subdomains the results for each assessment. Based on the results and summary for each assessment, make recommendations for the next steps for learning and development for the child and family. Write a reflection on this experience to include your current strengths in administering and summarizing this type of assessment and areas for professional growth. The instructor will provide a list of assessment measures.
  3. Implement a Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment (TPBA): As a team that includes the parent/caregiver, implement a TPBA assessment utilizing the transdisciplinary play-based model described by Linder (2008) for a child aged birth to three years or a child aged three through five years. For the TPBA assessment, plan with your team and complete a home visit to include a family-centered interview to identify the family’s resources, priorities and concerns for their child and family, and developmental history of the child. Plan and implement the actual TPBA which will be conducted in the child’s home or on campus (i.e., site based on the preference of the family) with the observation by the instructor. As a part of the planning process, identify the role during the TPBA for each team member including the parent/caregiver. An assessment report with results and recommendations for both the child and family and all completed protocols will be submitted to the instructor

 Components 4.2 and 4.4

  1. Collect Authentic Assessment Information Using Observation: For a child (or three different children) with whom you are working in your Part C or Part B619 field placement, collect, record, and interpret authentic assessment information using three of these observation methods (i.e., anecdotal notes, event recording, duration, interval recording, or checklists). For each method selected, identify a target behavior for which you are observing. Prepare a summary a report for each target behavior and collection of data to include: (a) the target behavior, (b) a description of the collection method, (c) the completed data recording form(s), (d) the interpretation of the data to include any graphs, etc., (e) recommendations for next steps in intervention and instruction based on the data collected, and (f) a plan for sharing this information with the family and other professionals on the team.
  2. Create an Authentic Assessment Portfolio: Collaborate with your preschool field placement cooperating teacher to identify a child for whom you will create an authentic assessment portfolio over the time of your field placement. The portfolio should include a variety of exemplars of the child’s performance and progress (e.g., samples of the child’s work, results of the criterion-referenced assessment, documentation of observations, completed checklists). Write a summary of how you have shared, with the assistance of your cooperating teacher, the portfolio artifacts with the child’s family and other professionals on the team.

 Components 4.4

  1. Interview a Family Member: Interview a parent/caregiver of a child receiving Part C or Part B619 services. Develop open-ended questions and probe questions for each to identify how the parent/caregiver has been involved with the team to use authentic assessment data to (a) develop short-term goals/outcomes for their child and family and (b) plan for and modify, as needed, intervention and instruction based on authentic assessment data.
  2. IFSP Review Meeting Observation and Reflection: Observe a six-month IFSP review meeting and focus on discussion of child progress data and how it is used to determine any needed changes in the IFSP outcomes and intervention strategies. In addition, observe how each team member, including the family, is involved in the discussion and the role(s) of each team member during this meeting. Write a summary of your observation, including a reflection that identifies the strengths of the meeting and things that you would recommend doing differently for the next review meeting.

Websites

Division for Early Childhood Learning Decks https://www.dec-sped.org/learning-decks

Division for Early Childhood Recommended Practices https://www.dec-sped.org/dec-recommended-practices

Council for Exceptional Children High Leverage Practices https://highleveragepractices.org/about-hlps/

ECTA Practice Improvement Tools: Topic – Assessment https://ectacenter.org/decrp/topic-assessment.asp

ECTA Service Delivery Approaches and Models https://ectacenter.org/topics/eiservices/approaches-models.asp

Head Start Early Learning and Knowledge Center https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/

National Association of Interpreters in Education https://naiedu.org/

Zero to Three https://www.zerotothree.org/

Learning Modules

Modules from other sources that relate to the topic. They can be used in their entirety or by selecting sections or content that support the objectives of an IHE course or PD content. The evidence-based practices for adult learners will vary based on the module selected.

Learning Modules

Authentic Assessment in Early Intervention Module http://universalonlinepartceicurriculum.pbworks.com/w/page/123567288/Authentic%20Assessment%20in%20Early%20Intervention

ECPC Authentic Child Assessment Practices E-Learning Lessons https://ecpcprofessionaldevelopment.dec-sped.org/authentic-child-assessment-practices/

Early Childhood Recommended Practices Module 7: Assessment https://rpm.fpg.unc.edu/module-7-assessment

Module 2: Initial and Ongoing Functional Assessment – Washington State Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program, ECTA https://ectacenter.org/wamodules/functional.asp

Ongoing Child Assessment https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/child-screening-assessment/article/ongoing-child-assessment

The University of Minnesota, Center for Early Education and Development Authentic Assessment Learning Modules http://ceed.umn.edu/authentic-assessment-learning-modules-english/

Glossary

Term Definition Reference/Resource
Anecdotal notes Anecdotal notes are written records of a teacher's observations. They might be used to assess student achievement, evaluate work products, or measure progress towards professional development goals.  

Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center, https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/video/collecting-using-anecdotal-records

Authentic assessment “… the systematic recording of developmental observations over time about the naturally occurring behaviors and functional competencies of young children in daily routines by familiar and knowledgeable caregivers in the child’s life” (p. 29). Bagnato, S. J., & Yeh-Ho, H. (2006). High-stakes testing with preschool children: Violation of professional standards for evidence-based practice in early childhood intervention. International Journal of Educational Policy, 3(1), 2343.
Curriculum-based assessment (CBA) Type of progress monitoring is conducted on a regular basis to assess child performance and progress throughout an entire year’s curriculum. The IRIS Center. (2016a). Glossary. Nashville, TN: Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.  http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/glossary/
Culturally and linguistically responsive and affirming Approaches that empower individuals intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural and historical referents to convey knowledge, impart skills, and change attitudes.

 Such approaches involve consciously creating social interactions to help individuals meet the criteria of academic success, cultural competence, and critical consciousness and include creating individual-centered learning environments that affirm

cultural identities; foster positive learning outcomes; develop children’s abilities to connect across lines of difference; elevate historically marginalized voices; empower children as agents of social change; and contribute to individual child engagement, learning, growth, and achievement through the cultivation of critical thinking.  These approaches challenge norms (e.g., expectations regarding language, behavior, social interactions) in order to be responsive to marginalized children and families and work towards greater equity.

Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework (nysed.gov)

Barrera, I., Corso, R., & Macpherson, D. (2003). Skilled dialogue: Strategies for responding to cultural diversity in early childhood. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.

Ladson-Billings, G. (2014). Culturally relevant pedagogy 2.0: Aka the remix. Harvard Educational Review, 84(1), 74-84.

Data Units of information that are collected to inform decision-making. Vogt, W. P. (1993). Dictionary of statistics and methodology: A non-technical guide to the social sciences. Sage.
Data-based decision making The use of data to make informed decisions about intervention and instruction to improve outcomes for children and families. https://www.moedu-sail.org/lessons/data-based-decision-making-overview/
Duration The length of time between the initiation and end of a behavior. Wolery, M. (2004). Monitoring children’s progress and intervention implementation. In M. McLean, M. Wolery, & D. B. Bailey. Jr. (Eds.), Assessing infants and preschoolers with special needs (pp. 545-584). Pearson.
Evidence-based practice Used as a Noun - Practices that are based on the best available empirical research that documents the practice’s efficacy with young children and families; the wisdom and knowledge of the field; and the core guiding values, beliefs, and theoretical approaches of EI/ECSE.

Used as a Verb – The process for selecting and implementing practices that weigh research evidence; family and professional wisdom and values; and the individual characteristics, strengths, and needs of a child.

Odom, S. L., & Wolery, M. (2003). A unified theory of practice in early intervention/early childhood special education: Evidence-based practices. The Journal of Special Education, 37(3), 164173.

Buysse, V., Wesley, P. W., Snyder, P., & Winton, P. (2006). Evidence-based practice: What does it really mean for the early childhood field? Young Exceptional Children, 9(4), 2-11.

Family A child’s consistent (i.e., primary) caregiver(s) who have responsibility for the child’s well-being and development and who are partners in the child’s education and intervention. This may include a variety of individuals, including, but not limited to, the child’s biological, adoptive, or foster parent(s), legal guardians, siblings, grandparents, other relatives, and others within the child’s primary support network. Mapp, K., & Kuttner, P. J. (2013). Partners in education: A dual capacity-building framework for family-school partnerships. Austin, TX: Southwest Educational Development Lab.

Turnbull, A. P., Turnbull, R., Erwin, E. J., Soodak, L. C., & Shogren, K. A. (2015). Families, professionals, and exceptionality: Positive outcomes through partnerships and trust. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Frequency How often an event occurs in reference to a unit of time (e.g., how many times per minute a behavior occurs). Sandall, S., Hemmeter, M. L., Smith, B. J., & McLean, M. E. (Eds.). DEC recommended practices: A comprehensive guide for practical application in early intervention/early childhood special education. Division for Early Childhood.
Interval recording Occurrence of behavior at a predetermined interval of time. https://www.behavioradvisor.com/BehRecord.html
Latency recording Length of time it takes a child to begin a task once it has been introduced. https://stepbystepsolutions.org
Progress monitoring Assessing a child’s performance or progress based on intervention and instruction to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention and instruction and make adjustments as needed. Stockall, N., Dennis, L. R., & Reuter, J. A. (2014). Developing a progress monitoring portfolio for children in early childhood special education programs. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 46(3), 32–40. doi:10.1177/004005991404600304
Strength-based Approaches that concentrate on the inherent strengths of children and their families. It is a philosophy and a way of viewing children and their families as resourceful, resilient, and self-determined. Green, B. L., McAllister, C. L., & Tarte, J. M. (2004). The strengths-based practices inventory: A tool for measuring strengths-based service delivery in early childhood and family support programs. Families in Society, 85(3), 326-334.

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Ackerman, D.J., & Coley, R.J. (2012).  State pre-K assessment policies:  Issues and status.  Policy information report.  Educational Testing Service. Retrieved from https://eric.ed.gov/?id/=ED529449

Bagnato, S., Goins, D., Pretti-Frontczak, K., & Neisworth, J. (2014). Authentic Assessment as “Best Practice” for Early Childhood Intervention: National Consumer Social Validity Research, Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 1-12.

Barnes, N., Fives, H., & Dacey, C.M. (2017). U.S. teachers’ conceptions of the purposes of assessment.  Teaching and Teacher Education, 65, 107-116.

Cornelius, K. E. (2014). Formative assessment made easy: Templates for collecting daily data in inclusive classrooms. Teaching Exceptional Children, 47(2), 112-118.

DeLuca, C., Valiquette, A., Coombs, A., LaPointe-McEwan, D., & Luhanga, U. (2018).  Teachers’ approaches to classroom assessment: A large scale survey.  Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy, and Practice, 25(4), 355-375.

Grisham, J., Waddell, M., Crawford, R., & Toland, M. (2021). Psychometric properties of the Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System for Infants and Children – Third Edition (AEPS-3). Journal of Early Intervention, 43(1), 24-37.

Hosp, M.K., Hosp, J.L., & Howell, K.W. (2016). The ABCs of CBM: A practical guide to curriculum-based measurement (2nd ed.). Guilford Press.

Jablon, J. (2010, December). Taking it all in: Observation in the classroom. Teaching Young Children, 4(2), 2427. https://www.isbe.net/Documents_KIDSWebsiteResources/Taking%20it%20all%20in.pdf

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Activity Bank

*New* Tip sheet: Enhancing Family-Provider Partnerships During COVID-19  Enhancing Family-Provider Partnerships
Tips for Providers: Providing & Coordinating EI Remotely Tips for Providers: What to say to Families
Tips for Providers: Providing & Coordinating EI Remotely (What will it look like?) Tips for Providers: What will a Remote Visit Look Like?
Tips for Families: Receiving Remote EI Services Tips for Families Flyer .pdf What is Remote EI

Consejos para Familias .pdf What is Remote EI? (Spanish)

Tips for Families: How to prepare for a Remote EI Visit Tips for Families: .pdf Preparing for the Visit

TConsejos para Familias: .pdf Preparing for the Visit (Spanish)

ECPC Course Enhancement Modules E-Learning Lessons, Practice Guides & Resources 
CONNECT Modules CONNECT Modules and Courses
Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center Framework for reflective questioning / The Coaching Quick Reference Guide - .pdf
Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center Tools of Trade
OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence Disabilities) (note: you must login but it is free) Suite of Resources for Early Childhood Professionals
Public Consulting Group Use of telehealth in early intervention (IDEA Part C)
Protecting Student Privacy

U.S. Department of Education

Student Privacy 101

FERPA and the Coronavirus Disease 2019

FERPA and Virtual Learning

Edelman, L. (2020). Planning for the Use of Video Conferencing for Early Intervention Home Visits during the COVID-19 Pandemic Planning for the Use of Video Conferencing for Early Intervention Home Visits during the COVID-19 Pandemic
CEC Hosted Webinar with Resources Teaching Special Education Online During COVID-19
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National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations - May Newsletter Pyramid in the Time of COVID-19