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Pre-K rating halted after 1 test failed, another too good to be true


April 11, 2016 AssessmentQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Sonja Isger

For the second year in a row, the state will not be rating the 6,220 preschools collecting cash through Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten program. And lawmakers have dictated that scores won’t be calculated for next year either. Ever since Florida lawmakers saw fit to invest millions to cover the cost of prekindergarten for the state’s 4-year-olds…

Thousands of California early ed programs receive first quality ratings


March 7, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Michael Collier

California’s system, which has assessed the quality of early education sites throughout the state in the past year, answers for the first time a longstanding question for parents with children in child care: How can the quality of their kids’ programs be measured in a meaningful way that parents can understand? The San Jose center’s…

Should kindergartners be taught to love testing?


January 15, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Valerie Strauss

Kindergarten readiness tests are nothing new. What is is the ever-increasing focus on turning kindergarten, and now preschool, into academic environments with the aim of ensuring that children can read by the time they are in first grade. In fact, kindergarten is the new first grade when it comes to academics. Saxton and Rupley wrote…

Is pre-K all it’s cracked up to be?


January 5, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Andrew Flowers

Prekindergarten is extremely popular. President Obama made expanding pre-K a major policy goal. In the past few years, several states have launched pre-K programs, and large cities such as New York have pushed to make pre-K universal on the promise that seemingly large benefits can come from educating kids at a young age, setting them…

Minnesota fourth-graders see drop in math, reading scores on national exam


October 28, 2015 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Beena Raghavendran & Alejandra Matos

Test results also show the achievement gap persists.

Is ‘Sesame Street’ really as good as preschool? Let’s ask a Nobel Prize winner.


July 2, 2015 AssessmentState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Valerie Strauss

Can kids really learn as much from “Sesame Street” as from preschool? Recently,  a new working paper  from the National Bureau of Economic Research titled “Early Childhood Education by MOOC: Lessons From Sesame Street,” prompted media stories, including one in  The Washington Post , saying that “Sesame Street” can be as effective as preschool in lifting student achievement… The authors examine differences…

New investments in E-12 Education take effect today


July 2, 2015 AccessAssessmentEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Office of Gov. Mark Dayton & Lt. Gov. Tina Smith

E-12 Education investments will improve student achievement, make additional investments in early learning

Education Secretary Arne Duncan outlines high-quality education rights for families


July 1, 2015 AccessAssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Hanna Sanchez

The Department of Education has outlined a set of rights to help parents demand high quality education for their children. The rights, covering preschool to college, was designed to encourage parent involvement when it comes to their children’s education.

Toddlers have sense of justice, puppet study shows


June 22, 2015 Assessment
Sindhya N. Bhanoo

Children as young as age 3 will intervene on behalf of a victim, reacting as if victimized themselves, scientists have found.   With toys, cookies and puppets, Keith Jensen, a psychologist at the University of Manchester in England, and his colleagues tried to judge how much concern 3- and 5-year-olds had for others, and whether…

Inequalities at the starting gate


June 19, 2015 AssessmentEconomics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Emma Garcia

Cognitive and noncognitive skills gaps between 2010–2011 kindergarten classmates