February 7, 2020 – Volume 19, Issue 6

Hot Topics
REL Mid-Atlantic Looks at Young Learner Growth Measures
A new report addresses key issues for Kindergarten Readiness Assessments (KRAs) and assessment K-3 more generally. REL Mid-Atlantic’s new report on growth measures finds schools’ K–3 growth estimates are likely less valid than their grade 3–4 growth estimates, suggesting anyone using them for accountability should do so with caution.
The report also finds K–3 growth estimates are more precise for larger schools than for smaller ones and scores on the overall Kindergarten Readiness Assessment predict grade 3 achievement about as well as combinations of kindergarten readiness subscores.
California Groups Issue Dual Language Learner Policy Platform
Supporting efforts to serve dual language learners and children of color, Advancement Project California and Early Edge California have issued a dual language learning policy platform that recommends aligning the early learning and care system (ELC) with the California English Learner Roadmap. Other recommendations include promoting high-quality ELC programs for dual language learners and supporting California’s ELC workforce.
Grant Supports Secondary Data Analysis on Early Care, Education
The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) is accepting applications for Secondary Analyses of Data on Early Care and Education Grants. OPRE aims to support the secondary analysis of data addressing early care and education programs administered by ACF, in particular the Child Care and Development Fund and Head Start/Early Head Start.
How the Child Care Crisis Affects Kids With Disabilities
Parents of young children with disabilities are three times more likely to experience job disruptions over child care than parents of non-disabled children, according to the Center for American Progress’ new report, The Child Care Crisis Disproportionately Affects Children With Disabilities.
New ECE Workforce Toolkits from Committee for Economic Development
Two new early childhood education (ECE) workforce toolkits are now available from the Committee for Economic Development (CED). One addresses an ECE refundable workforce tax credit. The other supports social media engagement about the importance of the ECE workforce.
NIEER Activities
NIEER Research Co-Director Featured on Award Winning Podcast
The Consortium for Policy Research in Education received a 2020 AVA Gold Award for its “Free Pre-K: How Cities are Growing and Funding High Quality Programs” podcast episode. The episode featured an interview with NIEER Research Co-Director Milagros Nores. Other guests included Shante` Brown of PHLpreK and Phil Sirinides of ECDataWorks.
ECE Resources
Harmony or Chaos? Beliefs and Practices about Conflicts among Naturalized Refugee Children in Tanzania
Researchers examined causes of conflicts among naturalized refugee pre-primary children in rural Tanzania, finding the conflicts related to the scarcity of resources and social issues. They suggest efforts are needed “to develop children’s constructive conflict-resolution skills.”
(Mis)Alignment of Instructional Policy Supports in Pre-K and Kindergarten: Evidence from Rural Districts in North Carolina
Researchers examined the perspectives of educators about the alignment of instructional supports in Pre-K and kindergarten in North Carolina’s rural districts. Participants reported that “standards, curricula, and assessments is stronger within Pre-K and kindergarten than it is between them.” They further report that weak alignment between Pre-K and kindergarten “include a debate over the purposes of early childhood education, institutional silos, and procedures that disrupt data sharing and transition practices.”
Time Well Spent: Home Learning Activities and Gains in Children’s Academic Skills in the Prekindergarten Year
Researchers examined how different types of home-based learning activities are related to academic skills during prekindergarten. They found unconstrained activities in language and in math each predicted gains in children’s skills in the same domains as the activities. Constrained activities did not predict gains in skills in either domain.
Early Education News Round-up
The week’s key stories on early childhood education. Read now.