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3,2,1… Action: Defining Quality in the Primary Grades with Video


May 2, 2016 AssessmentState & Local

K-3 Guidelines

Why CCSS-M Grades K-3 is developmentally appropriate and internationally competitive


April 13, 2015 Assessment

In this post, Jere Confrey, Joseph D. Moore Distinguished University Professor, Science, Technology,  Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Department, College of Education, North Carolina State University, discusses why the Common Core State Standards for Math can be considered developmentally appropriate. A more detailed version of this analysis, including this chart and others, is available  here . 1. The CCSS-M development process drew on teachers and…

The Common Core State Standards are not a curriculum


April 10, 2015 AssessmentOutcomes

Dorothy Strickland, NIEER Distinguished Research Fellow, responds to specific issues raised in various venues by questioners, considering whether literacy standards and related assessments can be developmentally appropriate. Concern: Kindergarten standards are not appropriate for children that age. Assessment related to reaching standards will not be developmentally appropriate, and results may be misused. Much of the concern…

Teachers discussing assessment in preschool


April 8, 2015 Assessment

This response is by Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers. Assessment related to reaching standards will not be developmentally appropriate, and results may be misused. I sat down with a group of prekindergarten educators in New York City recently to talk about how they assess how their students are doing. The conversation began slowly. A…

 Collaboration and complexity


April 3, 2015 AssessmentOutcomes

The first responses addressing concerns about CCSS in early childhood education are from Kathleen A. Paciga, Columbia College Chicago;  Jessica L. Hoffman, Winton Woods City School District; and William H. Teale, University of Illinois at Chicago. Concern: The standards are complex and extensive, and there is little guidance for teachers to implement them in Kindergarten classrooms. On…

The good, the bad, and the solution


April 1, 2015 AssessmentOutcomes

The first responses addressing concerns about CCSS in early childhood education are from Kathleen A. Paciga, Columbia College Chicago;  Jessica L. Hoffman, Winton Woods City School District; and William H. Teale, University of Illinois at Chicago. Literacy instruction may become limited to a few texts and drill-and-kill teaching. There are two issues embedded in this concern: (1)…

Top concerns about Common Core State Standards in early childhood education


March 26, 2015 AssessmentOutcomes

There’s been lots of discussion about the Common Core State Standards recently, and their impact on classroom activity and child outcomes. Common Core is a major policy initiative to reform K-12 classroom practices, raise expectations and implement a new generation of assessments (at least in grades 3 and up), so it has major implications for…

Overcoming the Pitfalls of Early Childhood Assessment


October 3, 2014 AssessmentWorkforce

In the age of accountability, data collection seems to be in vogue. Data are now routinely collected nationwide on children, classrooms, and teachers. The data help teachers and schools improve their programs to meet the needs of children attending. Most states are conducting child assessments in early childhood classrooms (including Kindergarten Entry Assessments ). The relevant literature has…

Formative Assessment:  Points to Consider for Policy Makers, Teachers, and Researchers


April 16, 2014 AssessmentWorkforce

Formative assessment is one area in early childhood education where policy is moving at lightning speed. There’s been a lot of support for the appropriateness of this approach to assessment for young learners. Many policy makers and data users have “talked the talk,” perfecting the lingo and pushing the implementation of policies for this approach….

Local Control in Early Education


October 16, 2013 Assessment

Local control, or at least the perception of its presence, is a closely guarded tenet in state and local politics. It provides citizens with a sense of purpose, identity, autonomy, and power, allowing local constituents to influence the policies and programs affecting them right in their front yards. We see this in matters such as…