Current Studies of Early Education
Following is a list of major studies of preschool and elementary education recently undertaken:
Earlier this month, Secretary of Education William J. Bennett announced the formation of a 21-member study group to assess the condition of the elementary school. The panel met for the first time last week to consider the scope of its inquiry.
The National Association of Elementary School Principals has launched an initiative in preschool education that will include: a national survey of state standards for preschool education, efforts to lobby state lawmakers to reduce student-teacher ratios in the early grades, and plans to work with state parent-teacher associations to develop programs for parents who want their children's education to start before the 1st grade.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has launched a two-year project to focus on 4- to 8-year-old children and on programs that provide education for 3- and 4-year-olds.
The Bank Street College of Education and the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women will conduct a 30-month study of the involvement of public schools in the creation of early-childhood programs from practical and policy angles.
The National Conference of State Legislatures has launched a two-year "technical-assistance program" on early-childhood education and child care through which the group will provide information on early-childhood programs to four or five selected states.
The executive council of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development has instructed staff members to develop plans for a study to clarify the school's role in the education and care of young children.
And the National Association for the Education of Young Children is studying the implications of universal education of 4-year-olds in public schools.--ab