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What Early-Childhood Accountability Can Learn From K-12's Mistakes

Education needs to stop going around in circles, writes Stanford’s Thomas S. Dee. (August 26, 2019)

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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 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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Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Social and Emotional Learning?
Do educators view teaching SEL as part of their jobs, what are the biggest challenges in supporting students' social and emotional development, and are schools measuring students' social-emotional skills?

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By the end of 2nd grade and into 3rd, children who enrolled in Tennessee's publicly funded program were lagging behind their peers who didn't attend preschool.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
Amid some growing pains for its new full-day prekindergarten program, the city has ramped up outreach efforts and more than tripled the number of seats from two years ago.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week
Two early learning experts outline how they want to see devices, apps, and software treated as tools to foster better reading interactions between children and adults.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week
As his annual back-to-school bus tour rolled along, the Secretary of Education talked talked waivers, common core, and other issues with Education Week's Alyson Klein.
September 23, 2015 – Education Week
Some providers warn they would have to drop children from the federal early-education program because of a lack of facilities or teachers.
September 16, 2015 – Education Week
The state's decision to close its preschool pilot program to 4-year-olds who are not legal U.S. residents has raised sticky questions about access.
September 9, 2015 – Education Week
The deal sending the show to HBO reflects a world with vastly more programming for children on more channels than when "Sesame Street" first launched.
August 26, 2015 – Education Week
Some education programs could be on the hot seat as members of Congress scramble to act before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
August 19, 2015 – Education Week
Many state legislatures notched incremental steps in expanding the scope and budgets for publicly funded early-care and -education programs.
July 8, 2015 – Education Week
Early-education advocates welcome the idea of a longer day and year for Head Start operations, but wonder if there will be federal funding to match.
June 29, 2015 – Education Week

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