Tag: Pre-k

3 Facts and 3 Challenges to Keep in Mind about Pre-K This Election Season

| February 10, 2016
3 Facts and 3 Challenges to Keep in Mind about Pre-K This Election Season

Late last week, an opinion piece in The Washington Post launched another round of debate about pre-K. The piece, by former Tennessee education commissioner Kevin Huffman,* questioned the impact of pre-K and showed that several misunderstandings still exist about what pre-K is and how to determine if it works. As American society grapples with how to invest wisely in public education at a time of scarce resources and growing gaps between haves and have-nots, all of us in education policy will need to come to a greater understanding of what we know, what we don’t, and where our biggest challenges lie.

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Pre-K Researchers Can’t Get Past The Third Grade

| October 21, 2015
Pre-K Researchers Can’t Get Past The Third Grade

Disadvantaged children who receive quality early childhood development have much better education, employment, social and health outcomes as adults, the vast majority of research shows. Unfortunately, this good news is getting lost in the current obsession over third-grade test scores. This is the case with the recent debate around the new Vanderbilt study on the Tennessee pre-K program.

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Does Pre-K Make Any Difference?

| October 14, 2015
Does Pre-K Make Any Difference?

Have the claims made for early education been overblown? Not necessarily. Consider what’s happening in Boston. A randomized study showed that prekindergartners there gained between four and seven months’ progress in reading and math, and those gains persisted: 27 percent more of Boston’s preschool children scored “proficient” or better on the state’s rigorous third-grade exams. Read more…

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More Arizona Children in Pre-K, But State Lags Nation

| May 13, 2015
More Arizona Children in Pre-K, But State Lags Nation

May 12, 2015 • By Carrie Jung • Fronteras Desk • Arizona Public Media A new report shows more children in Arizona were enrolled in state pre-kindergarten programs last year, but Arizona still lags the national average. The National Institute for Early Education research shows about 7 percent of the state’s 4-year-old children were enrolled in state […]

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