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Assistant Teacher Kimberly Fisher talks with a student preparing for kindergarten at the Prairie Mountain School in Eugene, Ore.
—Amanda L. Smith for Education Week

Payoffs Seen in Smooth Transition to Kindergarten

Research shows children and teachers reap tangible benefits down the road when schools ease the way into this crucial early grade. (August 22, 2017)

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Quality Counts 2015: Preparing to Launch
Quality Counts is Education Week's annual report on state-level efforts to improve public education. This 19th edition of the report delves into early-childhood education.

Spotlight on Elementary Math

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Without rigorous research that accurately reflects the current population, early education won't deliver for all students, write two education researchers.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
Early education in public schools is growing in popularity, but principals require more training to better serve their youngest students, writes Suzanne Bouffard.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
The C grade on this year's Quality Counts report continues years of flat performance as states begin to grapple with the challenges and opportunities under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
What lessons can states that perform well on Quality Counts annual rankings offer other states looking to move the needle?
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
Chronically low-performing states must work to overcome structural disadvantages and longstanding challenges that many of them share.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
Education Department funding, the prospects for a school choice initiative, and the federal regulatory footprint all could be in play in 2018.
January 17, 2018 – Education Week
A pair of recent studies reinforce the value of high-quality preschool, suggesting that future research may pivot toward just why such programs are effective.
November 29, 2017 – Education Week
Schools are looking for ways they can use the kindergarten entry tools to tailor classroom practices with children's academic, social, and physical development needs in mind.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
Congress let the popular Children's Health Insurance Program and a home-visiting program expire at the end of the fiscal year and faces bipartisan pressure to fund them.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
The return on investment for early ed. makes a powerful argument for expanding preschool programs, writes Arthur J. Reynolds.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week

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