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Bill to Expand Head Start, Bolster Its Teacher Qualifications Is Approved


November 15, 2007 AssessmentEconomics and FinanceWorkforce
Maria Glod

With two overwhelming votes, Congress approved a bill yesterday that would boost teacher qualifications in federally funded Head Start preschools, expand access to the program for children from low-income families and scrap a controversial system for testing 4-year-olds.

Pre-K Pressure


October 2, 2007 Assessment
David K. Choo

Inside the Kindergarten Admissions Race

More Work, Less Play in Kindergarten


May 23, 2007 AssessmentOutcomes
Daniel de Vise

Literacy Push Starts Earlier, Gains Speed

Preschool helps kids be prepared


April 26, 2007 AssessmentOutcomes
Cindy Kranz

School readiness assessed

Md. Ranked No. 4 Among States For Child-Care Center Standard


March 2, 2007 Assessment
Tara Bahrampour

Oversight and regulation of child-care centers in many states are disturbingly low, according to a study released yesterday that ranked the Defense Department well above any state for its child-care standards and Maryland fourth in the nation. The findings add weight to a series of similar reports released over the past year, said Steve Barnett,…

Collecting of Data Is the Next Step in Preschool Push


December 14, 2006 AssessmentState & Local
Maria Glod

State Will Use Young Children's Preparatory Experiences as a Guide to How Much Pre-K to Provide

Pre-K Concerns


December 12, 2006 Assessment
Rebekah Ibisch

However, a new report from a special task force appointed by outgoing Assembly Speaker, Republican Representative John Gard, says [more preschool assessments are needed]. The task force plan calls for defined goals on English language skills, assessment test scores, and a reduction of future special education needs.

Early Repairs in Foundation for Reading


October 4, 2006 AssessmentOutcomes
John O'Neil

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Children with severe reading problems usually struggle for years before getting the help they need. But a growing number of neurologists and educators say that with the latest diagnostic tests, children at high risk for these problems can be identified in preschool and treated before they ever begin to read.

Pa. state board adopts final rules for pre-K programs


September 20, 2006 AssessmentState & Local
Martha Raffaele, Associated Press

The state Board of Education unanimously approved instructional guidelines for state-funded preschool programs on Wednesday. The regulations would set standards for the first time for public school programs enrolling children between 3 and 5 years old, such as a minimum 2 1/2-hour school day and a maximum class size of 20 students.

Kindergarten tests to gauge pre-k success


September 17, 2006 AssessmentState & Local
Sonja Isger

The scores [the tests] get will be used to rate not the students but the pre-k schools they attended. The measurement is flawed in several ways, counters Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.