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Are the Effects of State Pre-K Overrated?

A comparison of states' preschool enrollment and test scores, and a deeper look at Tennessee's pre-K program bolster arguments that prekindergarten is not the primary solution to closing the achievement gap. (July 18, 2018)

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02/15 03:46 pm | 100 Days of School: A Wacky Celebration Goes Viral | Schools across the country use the 100th day of school as a springboard to a fun exploration of math. But some of the activities edge a little too close to mockery, in the ...

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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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Districts across the state are grappling with effects of the drought, but especially in the Central Valley, where dry wells, dust days, and declining enrollment are hitting hard.
June 10, 2015 – Education Week
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

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