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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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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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
Two House education committee members demand to know why New York City’s Head Start grant was not suspended or revoked after inspections raised concerns about child safety.
April 22, 2015 – Education Week
A seminal study on the early word gap between the children of high school dropouts and those of college graduates has led to more nuanced findings about language development.
April 22, 2015 – Education Week
Amid a national push to expand early education, officials in a number of cities work to combat chronic nonattendance among preschoolers, seen as a warning sign of issues in the later grades.
March 18, 2015 – Education Week
Decades of policy work could offer rivals plenty to critique should the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state make a run for the White House in 2016.
March 4, 2015 – Education Week

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