Early Childhood

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IsaBella Johnson, 5, makes the base of a pirate ship during her free choice activity time at Pleasant Grove Elementary School in Heflin, Ala. Entry assessments for kindergartners helped the school adjust instruction, including the incorporation of more time for play and developing social skills.
—Tamika Moore for Education Week

Kindergarten Assessments Begin to Shape Instruction

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 10, 2017)

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12/17 05:50 pm | Yale Child Study Center Joins Forces with Scholastic to Study Literacy, Health | Organizers of the new Yale Child Study Center-Scholastic Collaborative for Child & Family Resilience hope to improve young people's academics and mental health ...

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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

In this Spotlight, see how schools are taking new approaches to teaching fractions, developing young learners’ spatial and task skills, and opening new doors to math learning.

Spotlight on Early-Childhood Education

In this Spotlight, learn how schools are using kindergarten assessments to shape instruction, targeting early educators for professional development in math, and developing elementary students into global citizens.

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Map: Kindergarten Participation
Three-fourths of the nation's kindergartners attend full-day programs. Click the map to find enrollment numbers for your state.
Data: Kindergartners Enter More Ready in Math and Literacy, Researchers Say
Kindergarten students in 2010 started school with more math and literacy skills than kindergartners did just 12 years earlier. What changed in that time?

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New papers rehash debates around whether the common-core reading standards represent—or discourage—"developmentally appropriate" teaching practice for young children.
June 10, 2015 – Education Week
June 3, 2015 – Education Week
Even within the STEM disciplines, students struggle to apply math concepts in other subjects, according to researchers.
June 3, 2015 – Education Week
This Education Week special report takes a wide-ranging look at new efforts to address the challenges of early-grades reading instruction, particularly in light of the waning influence of the federal Reading First program.
May 13, 2015 – Education Week
A school attendance program in Connecticut, a free preschool in Kansas, and summer learning programs in Illinois and Iowa are all part of an effort to ensure students read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.
May 13, 2015 – Education Week
Under the common core, teachers are building students' vocabulary skills by teaching words in context, rather than through word lists.
May 13, 2015 – Education Week
Fifteen years after the National Reading Panel identified it as a pillar of reading instruction, fluency remains a neglected and somewhat misunderstood skill, according to experts.
May 13, 2015 – Education Week
May 13, 2015 – Education Week
To prepare preschool teachers for the classroom, we need to look beyond conventional teacher education, argues Katharine B. Stevens.
May 6, 2015 – Education Week
We must break the financial barrier that prevents poor children from participating in early-education programs, writes Nicholas Burnett.
May 6, 2015 – Education Week

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