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Officials tout changes to Head Start program


June 21, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Karen Hoffmann

A local congressman and a federal official said yesterday that a bill introduced this week to reauthorize Head Start would increase funding for the preschool program and make it more accountable for getting children ready for school. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, a co-sponsor of the House legislation, and Wade Horn, assistant secretary for…

District seeking answers to scores


June 13, 2003 Assessment
David Pescatore

School district committees will try to figure out why a large gap exists in standardized test scores between different race and ethnic groups.

New Ammunition for Backers of Do-or-Die Exams


April 23, 2003 Assessment
Greg Winter

Two new studies make the case that do-or-die exams — which decide whether students graduate, teachers are dismissed or schools are shut in more than half the states in the nation — have brought about at least a modicum of academic progress, especially for minority students who may get scant attention otherwise. The studies appear…

Editorial: Preschool Lesson


April 5, 2003 Assessment

Teaching young children basic knowledge is good but don't set test standards

State Pushes Academic Goals for Preschools


March 30, 2003 Assessment
Debbie Gebolys

The preschool standards address language and math skills — and in a few months will include science and social studies. The standards aren’t mandatory, and failure to meet them won’t keep kids out of kindergarten, state officials say.

A Pervasive Dismay on a Bush School Law


March 19, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Michael Winerip

Michael Sentance, the Department of Education’s Northeast representative, sat before Vermont’s joint House-Senate committee on education not long ago, defending the No Child Left Behind Act, and sustained two hours of hammering by Republicans and Democrats alike. How do you defend a law that is likely to result in 85 percent of public schools in…

Teachers give pre-K classes an A, but N.J. wants to dig a little deeper


March 2, 2003 AssessmentState & Local
Toni Callas

It has been five years since the state Supreme Court mandated that the governor provide for preschool programs in 30 special-needs districts. So this year, the New Jersey Department of Education is developing a plan to assess what has been called the most ambitious and expensive preschool program in the country, education experts said.

Opinion: New test won’t aid program


February 10, 2003 Assessment
Sarah Greene

Head Start programs are already using local assessment tools to evaluate the performance of children. Instead of funding a new test, shouldn’t we be trying to provide more low-income children with a program that government studies say is effective in getting them ready to learn?

Testing Expands to Kids in Head Start


February 6, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
David Pierson

U.S. says exams will be used to assess the program. Some experts think children are too young for the results to have meaning.

Head Start enthusiasts target tests, spending


January 27, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Andrew Mollison

From coast to coast, many Head Start parents and teachers are speculating that the administration wants to transform their comprehensive program of educational, medical, dental, developmental and social services for some 900,000 low-income preschoolers into a cheaper reading-prep program in which teachers are judged by their children’s scores on a new national test.