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Opinion: Preschool ed is expensive, ineffective


October 28, 2003 AccessAssessmentOutcomesState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Dr. Karen R. Effrem

These programs are very expensive and do not work. The state of Georgia found that despite universal preschool for 4-year-olds, there were no differences in standardized test scores between children receiving preschool and those who did not and no changes in scores since before implementation.

Assessing the kids


September 21, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Christina Denardo

This fall, preschoolers will take a standardized test

Opinion: Connecting the dots for poor children


July 24, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Jack P. Shonkoff

A nation that does not promote the parenting skills of its young families, particularly in the face of economic hardship and limited education, undermines its own future. This requires good parenting, which can be taught, and reliable and competent care from other adults when parents are at work, which can be assured through a child…

Rigidity in Florida and the Results


July 23, 2003 Assessment
Michael Winerip

This spring, 23 percent of Florida third graders, or 43,000 youngsters, failed the FCAT test and, under the state’s new retention policy, were slated to be held back. Of the 1,715 third graders who attended the summer reading program here in Orange County, only 15 percent passed, and it now appears that four to five…

Senate committee holds hearing on Head Start program


July 23, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Morgan Evans

The debate at the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee centered around President Bush’s proposal to give states more control over the $6 billion, 38-year-old program. Under a bill the House is expected to vote on Wednesday, states would have to “generally meet” federal Head Start standards.

Kindergarten literacy push has some teachers worried


July 21, 2003 AssessmentWorkforce
Maureen Magee

[A] recent study by teachers found the districtwide push to get kindergartners reading has some teachers overusing the exam – administering it monthly in some cases – and pressuring children and parents to meet literacy benchmarks. Fearful the San Diego school district’s literacy drive is turning its youngest students off to school, a group of…

Bush Spells Out Head Start Changes


July 8, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Amy Goldstein and Valerie Strauss

President Aims to Counter Criticism Of State Control, Testing Proposals

Tests planned for some in Head Start


July 2, 2003 Assessment
Bruce Alpert

Administrators wary of effect on other goals

Opinion: Why Testing Can’t Fail


June 30, 2003 Assessment

High-quality schools need well-trained teachers, a strong curriculum based on clear standards, and periodic tests that show whether or not students are being taught up to the standards. While no student should be penalized for performing poorly on a test that is somehow defective, periodic problems with tests are not a reason to scrap the…

Can Johnny read yet?


June 24, 2003 Assessment
Marjorie Coeyman

Latest US scores tell a mixed story