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White House to announce $2 million study on early learning


October 16, 2014 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Allie Bidwell

Kids from low-income families hear 30 million fewer words by age 3.

Teachers track students too young for tests


October 7, 2014 AssessmentOutcomesState & Local
Reema Khrais

In North Carolina public schools, formal assessments do not begin until third grade, but many students develop learning problems long before then. That’s why education leaders say they are rolling out a statewide plan to begin assessing students in the earlier years. Now, that does not mean five- and six-year-olds will have more paper and pencil…

Ready or not, part 1: Kindergarten is the big test


June 23, 2014 Assessment
Charlotte Albright

[A] year from now, all children in Vermont will be offered a place in preschool or daycare. Many schools will outsource instruction to private childcare providers who must be qualified to participate, based on a rating system. Over 80 percent of Vermont’s towns currently offer some subsidized preschool, but only about 38 percent of Vermont’s children…

Pre-school teachers express anxiety to John White over early childhood assessment program


October 22, 2013 Assessment
Sarah Tan

Stressed pre-school teachers complained Tuesday to state Education [Superintendent] John White about the pressures of implementing Louisiana’s new assessment program for publicly funded early childhood centers. They said they are being rushed to evaluate students with a tool that is new to them.

D.C. charter board approves new preschool evaluation tool


September 17, 2013 Assessment
Michael Alison Chandler

The D.C. Public Charter School Board has approved a revised evaluation tool for preschools that is one of the first efforts in the country to tie the success of early learning programs to the academic performance of their students.The original proposal prompted an outcry from parents who were concerned that the emphasis on academic testing could…

In D.C., controversy over academic testing has new frontier: preschool


August 24, 2013 Assessment
Michael Alison Chandler

Some D.C. parents are protesting a proposal by the city’s public charter school board to rank preschools based largely on how children as young as 3 are performing on reading and math tests.

Study: States’ methods for rating preschool quality fail to predict children’s readiness for Kindergarten


August 22, 2013 Assessment
Audrey Breen

Researchers used data from two studies of nearly 3,000 children in 703 state-funded pre-kindergarten classrooms from nine states, representing a variety of pre-kindergarten models in use across the United States. Using this data set, investigators calculated the extent to which various features of program quality included in each of nine different states’ Quality Rating and…

The next step for Alabama’s high-quality pre-k? Proven results.


August 19, 2013 Assessment
Alex Walsh

Proven results.When forming an opinion about whether an early education program ought to be funded, most folks will likely start by asking the same question: does the program generate results?…In the case of Head Start, the federal government’s multi-billion dollar initiative, debate has been going on for decades. Earlier this year, W. Steven Barnett, executive…

Missouri education officials recommend preschool tests


June 19, 2013 AssessmentOutcomesState & Local
The Associated Press

Missouri education officials are recommending that early childhood programs use a system developed in California to assess whether children are ready to enter school.  The state Board of Education has no mandatory assessment tool for early childhood education.

Report: Preschool gains are gone by grade 3


June 19, 2013 AssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Mary Stegmeir

The study was prepared for Iowa’s Department of Education by the American Institutes for Research, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.  It compared the academic performance of students who attended the state’s preschool program to those who had not. The report focused on a single class of students — those children enrolled in 2007-08,…