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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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Block, Nicholas; Vidaurre, Lorena – Bilingual Research Journal, 2019
Students' attitudes in first-grade dual language immersion (DLI) classes were compared with those of similar students in mainstream English classes. Results for the sample of 81 Latinx students indicated that for attitudes toward activities in Spanish, including reading and speaking in public and with relatives, both ELLs and non-ELLs in DLI had…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Mainstreaming
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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
Gomez, Celia J.; Whitaker, Anamarie A.; Cannon, Jill S.; Karoly, Lynn A. – RAND Corporation, 2018
Launched in 2012, The Big Lift is a collective impact initiative extending from preschool to third grade that aims to boost children's reading proficiency in San Mateo County, California, through four different types of activities, called "pillars": (1) High-Quality Preschool, (2) Summer Learning, (3) School Attendance, and (4) Family…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Outcomes of Education, Elementary Schools
Gomez, Celia J.; Whitaker, Anamarie A.; Cannon, Jill S.; Karoly, Lynn A. – RAND Corporation, 2018
The Big Lift™ (Big Lift) is a preschool-third-grade collective impact initiative in San Mateo County, California. The initiative is a partnership of the County of San Mateo, San Mateo County Office of Education, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Launched in 2012, the initiative aims to boost children's reading proficiency by third grade…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Outcomes of Education, Elementary Education
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Neelon, Marisa; Brian, Kelley; Iaccopucci, Anne M.; Lewis, Kendra M.; Worker, Steven M. – Journal of Extension, 2017
Measuring program outcomes is required for documenting effectiveness of interventions with youths participating in programs funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) initiative. The California CYFAR program provided programming for youths aged 5-8, which necessitated the development of an…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Young Children, Youth Programs, Program Effectiveness
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Edyburn, Kelly L.; Quirk, Matthew; Felix, Erika; Swami, Sruthi; Goldstein, Ariel; Terzieva, Antoniya; Scheller, Jennifer – Literacy Research and Instruction, 2017
This study examined the relative contributions of Latino/a children's (N = 102) school readiness and early literacy skills during kindergarten in predicting first grade reading achievement. By using discriminant function analyses, the current study identified a set of areas to assess that could be used to effectively screen children during…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Hispanic American Students, Reading Achievement, Literacy
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Martínez, Ramón Antonio; Durán, Leah; Hikida, Michiko – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
This article explores the interactional co-construction of identities among two first-grade students learning Spanish as a third language in a Spanish-English dual language classroom. Drawing on ethnographic and interactional data, the article focuses on a single interaction between these two "Spanish learners" and two of their…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Elementary School Students, Ethnography, Spanish
Burns, Dion; Bae, Soung; Snyder, Jon D. – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2017
Part of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) research series titled "Teachers' Time: Collaborating for Learning, Teaching, and Leading," this case study looks at the Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH), a K-8 public school in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD). It is a school of…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Time Management, Cooperative Learning, Time Factors (Learning)
Tyler, Burr; Britton, Ted; Iveland, Ashley; Nguyen, Kimberly; Hipps, Jerry; Schneider, Steve – WestEd, 2017
NGSS Early Implementers is a four-year initiative created to help eight California school districts and two charter management organizations, supported by WestEd's K-12 Alliance, implement Next Generation Science Standards. The Initiative focuses on NGSS implementation in grades K-8 and incorporates the integrated course model (preferred by the…
Descriptors: Integrated Activities, Science Instruction, English Instruction, Language Arts
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Silva, Janelle M. – Social Studies, 2016
This article examines how teachers can develop a sense of social activism in students through critical multiculturalism. Drawing upon data from a nine-month participant observation study of a first-grade public charter school classroom in central California, this article highlights how teachers can integrate critical multiculturalism within an…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Activism, Social Action, Cultural Awareness
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Uchikoshi, Yuuko; Yang, Lu; Lohr, Brandi; Leung, Genevieve – Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, 2016
This longitudinal study examined the role of oral proficiency on English reading comprehension, as measured with elicited narratives using a wordless picture book, "Frog Where are You?". The sample consisted 102 English language learners, including both Spanish and Cantonese speakers. Narrative samples were collected in the winter of…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Language Proficiency, Reading Comprehension, Picture Books
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Silva, Janelle M.; Langhout, Regina Day – Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, 2016
Empowering settings are important places for people to develop leadership skills in order to enact social change. Yet, due to socio-cultural constructions of childhood in the US, especially constructions around working class and working poor children of Color, they are often not seen as capable or competent change agents, or in need of being in…
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Social Influences, Cultural Influences, Working Class
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Han, Jeanie Nam; Vanderwood, Michael L.; Lee, Catherine Y. – International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, 2015
This study examined the predictive validity of early literacy measures with first-grade Korean English language learners (ELLs) in the United States at varying levels of English proficiency. Participants were screened using Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) Phoneme Segmentation Fluency (PSF), DIBELS Nonsense Word Fluency…
Descriptors: Predictive Validity, Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Korean Americans
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Li, Xin; Kenzy, Patty; Underwood, Lucy; Severson, Laura – Educational Action Research, 2015
This study was presented at the American Educational Research Association 2012 conference in Vancouver, Canada. The study explored how action research of arts-based teaching (ABT) impacted at-risk students in three urban public schools in southern California, USA. ABT was defined as using arts, music, drama, and dance in teaching other subjects. A…
Descriptors: Action Research, Teaching Methods, At Risk Students, Urban Schools
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