For the Media
In a polarized policy environment, educators work to assure a strong start and sustained momentum for children from preschool onward.
There's little disagreement nationally about the importance of early-childhood education, but settling on the right approach to funding and policy approaches is a different matter.
Researchers are gaining new insights into how children learn from a rich history of studies of preschool programs in the past 50 years.
Federal, state, and local programs provide support for early-childhood education, ranging from sweeping initiatives that deal with readiness and whole-family issues to targeted school-based efforts.
The Education Week Research Center analyzed American Community Survey data to identify patterns in the school enrollment of young children.
Quality Counts' new Early-Education Index assesses participation in early-education programs and services, as well as equity and enrollment trends across the states.
INTO THE PIPELINE
As the push for academic content increases at the kindergarten level, educators weigh what's important and what's developmentally appropriate.
The collection and use of data about just how prepared individual children are to enter kindergarten can be a ticklish proposition.
STRETCHING THE FABRIC
States press to ensure that students from kindergarten on get the literacy support they need to meet 3rd grade reading milestones.
The most useful and appropriate classroom technology can change as children move up the academic ladder from pre-K to 3rd grade.
There should be a stronger connection between research, what’s happening in schools, and pre-K-3 initiatives, Laura Bornfreund writes.
For educational conditions and outcomes to improve for Native youths, early-childhood programs must consider cultural diversity, writes Susan C. Faircloth.
Researchers should pinpoint what works best for students in today’s more academic kindergartens, says Heather E. Quick.
When weighing its costs against its benefits, universal preschool does not add up, David J. Armor says.
State of the States
The 19th annual edition of Education Week's Quality Counts
includes a new take on the state report cards and provides a leaner format that focuses on educational outcomes from early childhood on up.
Includes tables on:
• Grading Summary
• Chance for Success
• School Finance
Looking for detailed state data? The State Highlights Reports assemble findings on each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and compare individual state data to national data.
This interactive map offers a quick way to examine state-by-state grades and summary data. The breakdown includes Chance for Success, K-12 Achievement and other indicators.
Your turn. Manipulate grades for states based on weighting schemes of your choice.