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Analyses of assessment issues and information on preK standards across the nation and by state

Assessment

Policy Brief – Early Literacy: Policy and Practice in the Preschool Years


April 2006

Early literacy plays a key role in enabling the kind of early learning experiences that research shows are linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention, higher graduation rates and enhanced productivity in adult life. This policy brief synthesizes the body of professional knowledge about early literacy and offers research-based recommendations.

Policy Report – Prepared for Kindergarten: What Does “Readiness” Mean?


March 2005

This policy report examines key issues for public policy related to school readiness, the relationship between school readiness and other factors in young children’s lives, and challenges in readying children for kindergarten.

Policy Brief – Preschool Assessment: A Guide to Developing a Balanced Approach


July 2004

This policy brief examines assessment of learning among preschoolers and the trend toward increased standardized testing of young children. The brief offers definitions and applications of assessment concepts and policy recommendations essential to a balanced approach.

Policy Brief – Child Outcome Standards in Pre-K Programs


March 2004

This policy brief provides an overview of the extension of the standards movement to preschool programs. It presents the conditions and special considerations necessary for standards to have a positive impact on preschool children and strengthen accountability.