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    Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) Preschool--Kindergarten 2007 Psychometric Report

    1/23/10 - Michelle Najarian, Kyle Snow, Jean Lennon, Susan Kinsey, Gail Mulligan

    "This methodology report documents the design, development, and psychometric characteristics of the assessment instruments used in the preschool and kindergarten waves of the ECLS-B. The assessment instruments measure children's cognitive development in early reading and mathematics, socioemotional functioning, fine and gross motor skills, and physical development (height, weight, middle upper arm circumference, and head circumference). The report also includes information about indirect...

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    Early Success: Closing the Achievement Gap for Our Youngest Learners

    1/5/09 - Jerry D. Weast

    The district faced an indisputable fact: increasing numbers of young children impacted by poverty and language difference were starting school lagging behind their peers in basic literacy and mathematics skills, and they often remained behind. If children were not meeting certain benchmarks by the end of first grade, there was little likelihood that they would be able to read fl uently by third grade, an important indicator of academic success in the later years.5 So, the work began in the...

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    Effectiveness of Selected Supplemental Reading Comprehension Interventions: Findings from Two Student Cohorts

    1/5/10 - Susanne James-Burdumy , John Deke , Julieta Lugo-Gil , Nancy Carey , Alan Hershey , Russell Gersten , Rebecca Newman-Gonchar , Joseph Dimino , Kelly Haymond

    "Results after two years of using three reading comprehension curricula show gains from one program and no effects for the other two on reading comprehension for fifth-graders, according to a study released by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance in the Institute of Education Sciences. The study focused on whether 5th grade students in disadvantaged schools could be helped in making the transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn" by bolstering the...

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    Empowering Parents

    1/1/05 - Washington Educational Telecommunications Association

    Reading is a critical skill for everyone. From the moment your child is born, there are simple things you can do to help him become a good reader. You can also watch for signs that he may have trouble learning to read, so that you can get help early.

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    Engaging parents in education: Lessons from five parental information and resource centers

    1/14/09 - U.S. Department of Education,

    Children benefit academically when parents and educators work together. For this reason, parents’ involvement in their children’s education is a priority of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. But a strong connection between parents and educators does not come about automatically. Both parties may need to learn new roles and skills and develop the confidence to use them, especially as parents move beyond traditional activities, like helping children with homework, and toward shared...

  • Equal Access to Content Instruction for English Learners: An Example from Science

    1/1/12 - Brown, Z.A. & DiRanna, K.

    Equal access to content instruction is the foundation of educational equity—it reduces opportunity gaps that lead to achievement gaps. Achievement gaps lead to gaps in college and career access, which lead to income gaps. Income gaps lead to language gaps, thus perpetuating one of the most critical gaps we face in education. This paper is about the importance of equal meaningful access to content instruction for English learners and how academic-language instruction through content...

  • From Noncompetence to Exceptional Talent: Exploring the Range of Academic Achievement Within and Between Grade Levels

    1/1/05 - Gagné, Françoys

    This article analyzes the magnitude of individual differences in academic achievement and their growth over the first 9 years of schooling. The author anchors the widening-gap phenomenon on the theoretical recognition of large individual differences in learning pace, which logically leads over time to an increasing gap in knowledge and skills between the fastest and slowest learners. The achievement data used as evidence were borrowed from the developmental standard score (SS) norms of the...

  • From Noncompetence to Exceptional Talent: Exploring the Range of Academic Achievement Within and Between Grade Levels

    1/1/05 - Gagne, Francoys

    A study investigated the extent of individual differences in academic performance and their growth over the first nine years of education. Data were obtained from analysis of the developmental standard scores of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. Findings revealed that the range between the lowest and highest achievers in most grade levels exceeded the eight-year gap in knowledge between average students in the first and ninth grades. Furthermore, the achievement gap increased by around 145...

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    Good professional development in schools: How does leadership contribute?

    1/7/10 - Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills

    This good practice report considers what makes continuing professional development work so well in successful schools. It identifies four key questions that effective school leaders regularly ask themselves about the quality of their arrangements for professional development. The report then sets out the key characteristics of good practice associated with the four areas and illustrates these to help all schools learn from the examples. It also identifies three barriers that confront schools.

  • Health Disparities and Gaps in School Readiness

    1/1/05 - Currie, Janet

    The author documents pervasive racial disparities in the health of American children and analyzes how and how much those disparities contribute to racial gaps in school readiness. She explores a broad sample of health problems common to U.S. children, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, asthma, and lead poisoning, as well as maternal health problems and health-related behaviors that affect children's behavioral and cognitive readiness for school. If a health problem is to...

  • Helping Struggling Middle School Literacy Learners Achieve Success

    1/1/09 - Palumbo, Anthony, Sanacore, Joseph

    Teachers can help minority children close the academic achievement gap in intermediate and middle school by combining literacy instruction and content-area material. This connection improves reading achievement and increases curriculum knowledge, even if students have previously experienced difficulty with primary school reading. Fortunately, upper-elementary and middle-level learners are still naturally curious, are developing cognitively, and have acquired some basic reading skills...

  • Inequality in Preschool Education and School Readiness

    1/1/04 - Magnuson, Katherine A., Meyers, Marcia K., Ruhm, Christopher J., Waldfogel, Jane

    Attendance in U.S. preschools has risen substantially in recent decades, but gaps in enrollment between children from advantaged and disadvantaged families remain. Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-1999, we analyze the effect of participation in child care and early education on children's school readiness as measured by early reading and math skills in kindergarten and first grade. We find that children who attended a center or school-based...

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    Inquiry-Based Science: A Dynamic Approach to Developing 21st Century Skills

    11/11/13 - Hammerman, Elizabeth

    In the 2013 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the term "inquiry" is included in the dimension called Practices. This broader term better specifies the range of cognitive, social, and physical practices that characterize what scientists use to investigate and build models and theories about the world. It emphasizes the expectation that students will engage in the practices of science rather than learning about them secondhand.

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    Just because I know how to dosen't mean I will

    1/16/09 - Robert Rueda

    When I was growing up, I ended up bedridden for a period of time. After endless days of watching cartoons, I was bored. Thankfully, a friend’s mother brought over a box of books which had been sitting in the attic which she had just cleaned out. I picked it up, and for the first time, was interested in reading without being required to. While I had the skill and knowledge to read, I had no reason or interest to do so.This example illustrates a neglected aspect of schools. Currently there...

  • Low Reading Scores Show Majority of US Children Not Prepared for Future Success

    1/28/14 - Chong, Sue Lin

    In a new KIDS COUNT® data snapshot, the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that 80 percent of lower-income fourth graders and 66 percent of all kids are not reading proficiently - a key predictor of a student’s future educational and economic success. If this trend continues, the country will not have enough skilled workers for an increasingly competitive global economy by the end of this decade.

  • Maximizing the Impact The pivotal role of technology in a 21st century education system

    1/1/09 - Partnership for 21st Century Skills

    How will we create the schools America needs to remain competitive? For more than a generation, the nation has engaged in a monumental effort to improve student achievement. We’ve made progress, but we’re not even close to where we need to be. It’s time to focus on what students need to learn—and on how to create a 21st century education system that delivers results. In a digital world, no organization can achieve results without incorporating technology into every aspect of...

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