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Maryland State Department of Education, 2019
Based on the 2018-2019 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) results, nearly half (47%) of all entering kindergarten children in Maryland displayed the foundational skills indicating they are fully ready for kindergarten. A third (33%) are approaching readiness. Twenty percent of children are assessed with emerging readiness skills. The school…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Academic Standards, Gender Differences
Keily, Tom; Evans, Alyssa; Atchison, Bruce – Education Commission of the States, 2019
This Policy Guide draws on work with five states to provide context and guidance for policymakers looking to strengthen the pre-K to K-3 continuum and create opportunities to close the achievement gap. It includes a tear-out page of guiding questions at the end.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Achievement Gap, State Policy, Alignment (Education)
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Curran, F. Chris – Education Finance and Policy, 2019
Recent evidence demonstrates that disparities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status in science achievement are present in the earliest grades of school. Preschool represents one potential policy solution; however, little research has explored the relationship between preschool attendance and science outcomes. This study examines whether…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Science Achievement, Kindergarten
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Doss, Christopher – Education Finance and Policy, 2019
A growing body of research provides evidence that quality early childhood experiences can affect a host of life outcomes. Equally well documented is the variation in the quality of prekindergarten (pre-K) programs offered to children. In this study, I use a fuzzy regression discontinuity approach to evaluate the efficacy of transitional…
Descriptors: Literacy, Preschool Education, Kindergarten, Outcomes of Education
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Wolf, Sharon; Aber, J. Lawrence; Behrman, Jere R.; Tsinigo, Edward – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2019
We assessed the impacts of a teacher professional development program for public and private kindergartens in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. We examined impacts on teacher professional well-being, classroom quality, and children's readiness during one school year. This cluster-randomized trial included 240 schools (teachers N = 444; children N…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Intervention
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Tecsi, Dana-Simina; Cassianu, Raluca-Claudia – Romanian Review of Geographical Education, 2019
The present work presents an experimental research we realised in the 2016-2017 school year at "Universul copiilor" [Children's Universe] Kindergarten with Extended Programme, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The following hypothesis was tested: If the preschoolers are directly involved in learning situations in which they will study the urban…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Kindergarten, Observation
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Pyanova, Ekaterina Nikolaevna; Minakhmetova, Albina Zulfatovna; Panfilov, Aleksey Nikolaevich – Education 3-13, 2019
The purpose of this research is to study the coherent speech features of over-fives with the general speech underdevelopment (GSUD) in the context of communication with their equals and adults in the kindergarten. Discussion is the leading research method. Speech coherence and independence levels are taken as the main parameters of the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, Preschool Children, Speech Skills
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Jung, Eunjoo; Zhang, Yue; Chiang, Jason – International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology, 2019
This study investigates kindergarten children's mathematics learning with a focus on the role of teachers' mathematics education and readiness beliefs, and home learning environment. Using structural equation modeling to estimate the individual differences in early mathematics learning, data from 5,845 kindergarteners was evaluated. Findings show…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers, School Readiness
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Olsen, Kathrin; Croydon, Abigail; Olson, Maria; Jacobsen, Karl Henry; Pellicano, Elizabeth – International Journal of Inclusive Education, 2019
This study identifies and reflects on barriers to inclusion that children with autism can meet in kindergarten. We use a single case study with participant- and video observation to map inclusion for a single 5-year-old boy with autism, in a mainstream kindergarten in Norway. Analysis identified three modes of inclusion;…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Autism, Kindergarten, Interaction
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Torppa, Minna; Soodla, Piret; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Kikas, Eve – Journal of Research in Reading, 2019
Background: The present study examined differences in the prediction of reading development and reading difficulties in Estonia (n = 348) and Finland (n = 344). These neighbouring countries share many similarities in terms of their language, orthography and educational system; however, they differ in the timing of the onset of reading instruction,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Nalls, Irdawati Bay – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2019
The author looks at bilingual first language acquisition Spanish-English Mexican American bilinguals across an elementary school in Colorado. Based on classroom observations, and small group and one-on-one interviews with student participants, their teachers, and immediate family members, these bilinguals reveal how their identity is compromised…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Bilingualism, Spanish, English
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Hawkins, Lisa K. – Reading Horizons, 2019
A common practice in today's primary-grade classrooms, teacher-student writing conferences are considered a vital component of instruction by accomplished writing teachers and advocates of process writing. Moreover, what teachers say and how they say it shapes those opportunities for student learning that are possible in classrooms. As such,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition), Elementary School Teachers
Mirvahedi, Seyed Hadi – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2019
Language planning and policy has evolved from considering policy as one of states' affairs at its early stages to how policy actors exercise their agency to appropriate and enact policy in micro and local contexts. Ethnography of language policy is predominantly used today to explore why policies are enacted in a certain way and not otherwise,…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Policy Analysis, Ethnography, Social Theories
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Nash, Kindel; Panther, Leah; Elson, Kerry – Reading Teacher, 2019
A century of research has shown that culturally relevant, responsive, and sustaining literacy teaching is essential to teaching all students well and is especially crucial for students of color, who most often attend urban schools. The authors share one innovative and culturally sustaining literacy practice that critically centers kindergarten and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Culturally Relevant Education, Literacy Education, Minority Group Students
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Rawlins, Amanda; Invernizzi, Marcia – Reading Teacher, 2019
Sight word learning occurs in most early elementary classrooms. Some kindergarten students face the prospect of learning up to 100 sight words, and many teachers feel pressure to ensure that students know lists of words by the year's end. The authors offer five assertions about sight word learning to direct teachers and administrators toward the…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Beginning Reading, Vocabulary Development, Kindergarten
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