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Came, Deb; Drake, Linda – Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2017
The Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP) is a maturing and stable program. In 2016-17 it included: (1) Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts (ELA) and math for students in grades 3-8 and high school; (2) Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) in science for grades 5 and 8; (3) End-of-Course exams in math and…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Language Arts, Mathematics, Grade 3
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Markworth, Kimberly A. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016
A "repeating pattern" is a cyclical repetition of an identifiable core. Children in the primary grades usually begin pattern work with fairly simple patterns, such as AB, ABC, or ABB patterns. The unique letters represent unique elements, whereas the sequence of letters represents the core that is repeated. Based on color, shape,…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Mathematics Teachers
Connors-Tadros, L. – Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes, 2013
In this "FastFacts," a state's Department of Education requests information from the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) on how the research defines skills in social-emotional development, approaches to learning, and executive function, to inform planned revisions to the early childhood indicators of progress for children…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Executive Function, Child Development
Washington State Department of Early Learning, 2012
The Department of Early Learning (DEL), in partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and Thrive Washington, has published the Early Learning and Development Guidelines (guidelines) for children from birth through third grade. The guidelines replace the Early Learning and Development Benchmarks, which were first…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Primary Education, Early Intervention, State Standards
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Salia, Hannah – SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, 2011
How is the natural environment in the neighborhood representative of the larger biosphere in which people live? Studying the local birds and flora of the Pacific Northwest in the context of the local parks and ponds provided a rich opportunity for third-grade students at St. Thomas School in Medina, Washington, to explore and learn about…
Descriptors: Studio Art, Art Activities, Elementary School Students, Grade 3
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Farris, Shari – Journal of Staff Development, 2011
The author had worked with teachers in the school on intervention efforts such as tutoring and detention for disruptive behavior. Having read about shadowing students as a way to gain insight into their school experiences, she decided to immerse herself in a student's routines, interactions, and relationships throughout a school day. By shadowing…
Descriptors: Immigrants, English Language Learners, Academic Achievement, Principals
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2011
In a bid to help more students read proficiently in 3rd grade--a skill considered critical to their future educational success--new laws and initiatives springing up around the country require educators to step up their efforts to identify and help struggling readers even before they enter kindergarten. It's not unusual for states or school…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Primary Education, Preschool Education, Grade 3
Marietta, Geoff – Foundation for Child Development, 2010
Leading change to create an integrated PreK-3rd education and connect early learning programs with the K-12 system is not easy. Superintendents require courage to take the first step, persistence and political skills to encourage organizational and community engagement, and a relentless focus on results to measure progress and build momentum. As a…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Learning Readiness, Academic Persistence, High School Graduates
Center on Education Policy, 2009
This general achievement trends profile includes information that the Center on Education Policy (CEP) and the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) obtained from states from fall 2008 through April 2009. Included herein are: (1) Bullet points summarizing key findings about achievement trends in that state at three performance…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Achievement Tests, Educational Legislation
Kilman, Carrie – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2009
When English language learners (ELLs) don't speak in class or make friends outside their language group, teachers often attribute the problem in the student's cultural background. It's possible, however, that the method of teaching ELLs is part of the problem. A growing number of schools are trying to roll back that problem by launching…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Cultural Background, English (Second Language), Limited English Speaking
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McGuire, Margit E.; Cole, Bronwyn – Social Studies, 2008
Learning about local government seems boring and irrelevant to most young people, particularly to students from high-poverty backgrounds. The authors explore a promising approach for solving this problem, Storypath, which engages students in authentic learning and active citizenship. The Storypath approach is based on a narrative in which students…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Local Government, Teaching Methods, Role Playing
Grantmakers for Education, 2006
Gaps in academic achievement between students from various racial and ethnic groups and from low-income families are a cause for national concern. The advent of high stakes testing and the increased awareness of high dropout rates have rekindled the search for ways to help all children succeed in school. Many strategies to address lagging…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Ethnic Groups, Systems Approach
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Schaaf, Sherry – Science and Children, 2005
On the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, salmon and water quality are more than just a news story. They are vitally important to the economy and environment--and are the inspiration for environmental science learning adventures. In this water quality project, four third-grade classes from Forks Elementary School in Forks, Washington,…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Animals, Water Quality, Science Education
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2004
A study released last fall by the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, showed that, contrary to what many observers suspected, the amount of time spent on homework has not increased for children in the upper-middle grades. But it has jumped significantly for 6-to 8-years-olds, which would include…
Descriptors: Homework, Educational Policy, Elementary Education, Student Attitudes