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Edwards, Virginia B., Ed. – Education Week, 2015
This 19th annual edition of "Quality Counts" takes a broad look at the issues and forces shaping the discussion around early-childhood education. It examines how new academic demands and the push for accountability are changing the nature of early-childhood education for school administrators, teachers, and children alike. Reporters…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Kindergarten, Primary Education
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2013
President Barack Obama used his first State of the Union address since winning re-election to put education at the center of his broader strategy to bolster the nation's economic prospects. He is proposing to dramatically expand preschool access for low- and middle-income children and to create a new competitive program aimed at helping high…
Descriptors: Current Events, Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Presidents
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2013
Well before President Barack Obama vaulted early childhood learning to the top of the education agenda in his recent State of the Union address, states were taking steps to bolster their own preschool programs. More than a dozen states--including some, such as Hawaii and Mississippi, that have had no state-financed preschool programs in the…
Descriptors: Incentive Grants, Program Proposals, Federal Programs, Federal Aid
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2013
President Barack Obama's latest budget proposal envisions a sweeping, multi-billion-dollar expansion of prekindergarten programs and doubles down on the administration's strategy of using competitive grants to drive big change in states and districts--all as school districts try to cope with the largest cuts to federal education spending in recent…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Educational Change, Incentive Grants, Preschool Education
Blair, Julie – Education Week, 2013
Most Texans would rather sell a favorite horse than vote for a tax hike that promises bigger government. Yet San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has not only persuaded his constituents to spend $248 million to pay for an unusual and ambitious preschool program for poor 4-year-olds, but he is also going to open doors in August--a mere nine months after…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Preschool Education, School Buildings, Goal Orientation
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2012
Teachers at Orlando Day Nursery in Florida have always evaluated how well their 4-year-old prekindergartners--most of them poor and African-American--could recognize letters, isolate sounds in words, understand stories read to them, and show other hallmarks of early literacy. Just as important, though, have been the teachers' formal observations…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Emergent Literacy, State Government, Standardized Tests
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn – Education Week, 2011
Although the common-core standards are calibrated to ensure that students leave K-12 schools ready for work and college, they are also posing challenges for the educators who work with children just starting out their school careers. As 46 states and the District of Columbia work this year to put the new curricular guidelines in place, preschool…
Descriptors: State Schools, School Readiness, Guidelines, Child Development
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2011
A new neuroscience twist on a classic psychology study offers some clues to what makes one student able to buckle down for hours of homework before a test while his classmates party. The study published in the September 2011 edition of "Proceedings of the National Academy of Science," suggests environmental cues may "hijack" the brain's mechanisms…
Descriptors: Cues, Delay of Gratification, Brain, Teaching Methods
Education Week, 2011
This year's "Quality Counts" report, the 15th edition of this annual report produced through the joint efforts of the "Education Week" newsroom and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, arrives at a time of continued fiscal anxiety and education policy ferment in the wake of what has been widely described as the…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Economic Climate, Educational Finance, Educational Quality
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2010
This article reports on the common academic standards proposed for state adoption which outline what students must master by graduation in order to flourish in college or good jobs. Defining how they reach those goals, however, means spelling out what they must learn at each step of the way, starting in kindergarten. And those expectations are…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Primary Education, Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2010
While efforts to reduce chronic absenteeism typically focus on adolescents, experts say that the early grades are the place to start. Statistics show that rates of absenteeism in kindergarten and 1st grade can rival those in high school. An average of one in 10 pupils in grades K-12 nationwide is considered chronically absent, defined as missing…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Kindergarten, Attendance, Attendance Patterns
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2010
The author reports the proposed regulations in Illinois which would require that districts offer English-learners in preschool the same support as in K-12. Questions are being raised about the proposed regulations. The Illinois board of education is poised to adopt these regulations next month. Should the board do so, it is believed that Illinois…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, State Regulation, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2009
Amid a recession that's squeezing state budgets and pushing more families into poverty, teams of officials from 39 states gathered near Washington last week to explore ways to better meet the educational and health needs of young children. The Sept. 16-18 meeting, sponsored by the National Governors Association, came as the U.S. House of…
Descriptors: Health Needs, Federal Aid, Early Childhood Education, State Aid
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2008
Teachers and parents are frequently warned that students in the United States are lacking the academic skills they need for the 21st century. But a growing contingent of educators, psychologists, and other professionals are voicing worries that today's children are also growing up without the chance to play. Test preparation in kindergarten,…
Descriptors: Play, Leisure Time, Child Development, Child Health
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2008
Policymakers from Congress to the state and local levels are sharpening their focus on the educational needs of children in foster care, a population that can exceed 700,000 nationally in the course of a year and which has doubled in the past two decades. In many cases, their strategies coincide with recommendations outlined in a recent report on…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, School Readiness, Homeless People, Preschool Education
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