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U.S. to Review Head Start Program; Bush Plan to Assess 4-Year-Olds’ Progress


January 17, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Valerie Strauss

The Washington Post reports the Bush administration announced yesterday its plan to implement an annual assessment of the 908,000 4-year-olds in Head Start programs across the nation, an effort that will help determine how much the children are learning in the government-funded preschool program. Federal officials said the new reporting system would provide standardized data…

Education Column: For Head Start Children, Their Turn at Testing


December 4, 2002 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Jacques Steinberg

The Bush administration intends to require each of the 500,000 4-year-olds in the federal Head Start program to sit for a standardized examination measuring such information as how many letters and numbers they can recognize, and whether they know how to hold a book right side up. They will then take the same exam the…

Kindergarten less playful as pressure to achieve grows


October 20, 2002 AssessmentQuality and Curriculum
Karen Brandon

Kindergarten teachers nationwide say the test-driven education reform at state and federal levels is leading to changes in kindergarten that set unrealistically high achievement goals. The instruction techniques that early childhood education experts say are ideal for learning frequently are derided as “just play” by administrators and policymakers pushing what they consider to be more…

Pressure mounts to pass kindergarten test or be held back


September 18, 2002 Assessment
Karen Thomas

[T]ests are among factors determining which kids move on to the next grade and which kids may need alternatives, such as repeating a grade or entering an extra year of “transitional” or “developmental” schooling, usually before starting kindergarten or between kindergarten and first grade. In the 1998-99 school year, 5% of the nation’s 4 million…