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How can every child have the opportunity to succeed?

May 22, 2015 AccessAssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Madeleine Bayard, Mary Kate Mouser, Paul Harrell and Nick Marsini

Recently, more than 150 business, community and philanthropic leaders, parents, early childhood professionals and policymakers gathered in Dover for Early Learning Advocacy Day…  Providing high-quality early-learning opportunities that help each child realize his or her potential and succeed in school and life may be one of the few topics everyone can agree on in a…

Tests show half of Ky. kindergarteners not ready for school

January 23, 2015 AssessmentOutcomes

A statewide readiness test has found that half of kindergarten students began class in the fall without having basic skills to help them succeed.

The case for early learning

January 21, 2015 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Tyler Francke

The results of the 2014-15 Oregon Kindergarten Assessment, which were released by the state Department of Education last week, only reinforces the need for early learning and earlier intervention before kindergarten, according to Woodburn Superintendent Chuck Ransom. The state’s assessment results should not surprise anyone familiar with the district and its composition. The data show that…

Democrats and Republicans agree: It’s time to rewrite No Child Left Behind

January 13, 2015 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Joy Resmovits

Congress is currently revving up yet another attempt to rewrite the much-maligned No Child Left Behind Act, and Murray said Tuesday that she sees putting her stamp on the sweeping education legislation as “another big step forward, putting the ideals of our nation into action.” No Child Left Behind, George W. Bush’s rebranding of the 1965 Elementary and…

Group proposes more assessments for Va. kindergartners

January 11, 2015 Assessment
Moriah Balingit

A University of Virginia report published last week found that about a third of Virginia youngsters rated poorly on kindergarten readiness and argued that more assessments are needed for young students to identify where they fall short. They found a third of students fell short of benchmarks in at least one area. In 40 percent of…

Why kindergarten teachers don’t want to give this test to their students

December 19, 2014 AssessmentOutcomesWorkforce
Valerie Strauss

The state of Maryland has developed a new Common Core-aligned “kindergarten readiness assessment” for teachers to administer to young kids to see, rather obviously, if they are “ready” for kindergarten. Now hundreds of kindergarten teachers who used the computer-based test for the first time this fall are pushing back, saying the assessment is not appropriate…

Md. teachers union wants kindergarten tests suspended

December 16, 2014 AssessmentOutcomesState & LocalWorkforce
Ovetta Wiggins

The Maryland State Education Association is calling on the State Board of Education to suspend its Kindergarten Readiness Assessments, arguing that teachers lose too much instructional time administering the new computer-based tests and are not receiving useful data to improve teaching and learning. Betty Weller, the president of the teachers union, said the MSEA fielded numerous complaints…

Self-regulation intervention boosts school readiness of at-risk children, study shows

November 21, 2014 AssessmentOutcomes

An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills is helping prepare at-risk children for kindergarten, a new study from Oregon State University shows. Self-regulation skills – the skills that help children pay attention, follow directions, stay on task and persist through difficulty – are critical to a child’s success in…

Teachers test new way of understanding how kids learn

November 21, 2014 AssessmentOutcomesState & LocalWorkforce
Jane Stancill

The method, called “formative assessment,” isn’t about paper-and-pen standardized testing, or pulling a student out of a classroom and drilling on what he or she knows after each lesson is taught. It’s a teacher’s constant observation of how a child is learning and developing in various ways — with a goal of using that information…

Evaluating Md. kindergartners has become a one-on-one mission

October 31, 2014 AssessmentOutcomesState & Local
Ovetta Wiggins

Similar scenarios are playing out across the country as educators increasingly use tests to measure kindergartners’ knowledge in such area as letters, sounds, syllables and number recognition, assessing their needs as they move into the nation’s K-12 public school system. For more than a decade, Maryland has assessed student readiness for kindergarten, but the tests…