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Durrance, Samantha – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2018
Third grade is a critical checkpoint in a child's educational journey. By the end of third grade, children need literacy skills that prepare them for increasing curriculum demands in fourth grade and beyond. Students who are not reading on grade level by this point are significantly more likely to drop out of high school or fail to graduate on…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Elementary School Students, Grade 4
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Shamir, Haya – Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 2018
Assessing students' emerging literacy skills is crucial for identifying areas where a child may be falling behind and can lead directly to an increased chance of reading success. The Waterford Assessment of Core Skills (WACS), a computerized adaptive test of early literacy for students in prekindergarten through 2nd grade, addresses this need.…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Adaptive Testing, Reading Tests, Preschool Children
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Gillanders, Cristina; Franco, Ximena; Seidel, Kent; Castro, Dina C.; Méndez, Lucía I. – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
This study examined how early writing develops in Spanish-English-speaking children of Mexican and Central American descent who are dual language learners (DLLs) in the United States. The emergent writing skills in Spanish and English of 140 preschoolers in a multisite study were assessed using name- and word-writing tasks during the children's…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Bilingual Students, Preschool Children, Kindergarten
Connors-Tadros, L. – Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes, 2014
The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) was asked to provide information on how other states are approaching the development and implementation of Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) as part of a comprehensive assessment system. Specifically, the request asked for information about KEA measures used by other states, the processes…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, State Policy, Information Sources, Educational Resources
Gelatt, Julia; Adams, Gina; Huerta, Sandra – Urban Institute, 2014
In recent years, many states have expanded their state-funded prekindergarten programs, drawing on evidence that public investments in early childhood education bring substantial returns in children's educational trajectories and a more skilled future workforce. Evidence also suggests that returns to early education may be larger for children of…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Kindergarten, Access to Education, Barriers
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2013
"Fast ForWord"[R] is a computer-based reading program intended to help students develop and strengthen the cognitive skills necessary for successful reading and learning. The program, which is designed to be used 30-100 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 4-16 weeks, includes three series. The "Fast ForWord[R] Language" series…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Computer Assisted Instruction, Beginning Reading, Alphabets
Redd, Zakia; Boccanfuso, Christopher; Walker, Karen; Princiotta, Daniel; Knewstub, Dylan; Moore, Kristin – Child Trends, 2012
The educational achievement and attainment of young people in the United States has been a long-standing issue of concern. While analyses of long-term trend data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show that students in the United States have made gains in reading and mathematics over the past few decades, a sizeable…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Evidence, Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education