ERIC Number: ED477428
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Standards for Preschool Children's Learning and Development: Who Has Standards, How Were They Developed, and How Are They Used? SERVE's Expanded Learning Opportunities National Leadership Area Research Report [and] Executive Summary.
Scott-Little, Catherine; Kagan, Sharon Lynn; Frelow, Victoria Stebbins
Despite concerns of the early care and education field regarding the applicability of performance expectations for young children, the advent of standards-based K-12 education and the level of financial support for early education has fueled the development of standards regarding children's learning prior to kindergarten entry. This executive summary and research report present the findings of a national survey study examining how states have defined children's expectations, what content has been included, and how standards are being used. Data were collected from interviews with key informants in each state (early childhood specialist at the state departments of education, chief child care administrator in lead child care agencies, and president of state NAEYC affiliates) and a review of child-based outcome standards documents. Findings in the report and executive summary are organized in four categories: (1) review of states with child-based outcome (CBO) standards and description of standard content, including linkage with K-12 standards; (2) the standards development process, including process initiation, the players involved, and evolution of the process; (3) the status of standards activities in states without published standards; and (4) implementation of CBO standards, including where and how the standards are to be used, standards dissemination, and program accountability for using the standards. Recommendations relate to inconsistent nomenclature, inclusion, standards' content, standard development, use of CBO standards, and the real intentions for creating and using standards for young children. Four appendices to the full report contain the survey protocol, letter to respondents, descriptions of developmental dimensions, and child-based outcomes standards documents. (KB)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Behavior Standards, Interviews, National Surveys, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Standards, State Standards
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: SERVE: SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education, Greensboro, NC.