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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
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
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
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2005
This article discusses a pilot project in New Mexico that gives kindergartners--and some 1st graders--20 extra days before the school year begins to learn the ropes and jump into their lessons. The project is called Kindergarten-Plus, the concept is the brainchild of former American Federation of Teachers President Sandra Feldman. According to…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Extended School Year
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2004
As science gets squeezed in the elementary curriculum, at least two Florida districts are trying a new approach to keeping hands-on lessons a part of pupils' experiences. This article reports how Broward and Palm Beach county districts have increased the number of science specialists working in their elementary schools--teachers who, like physical…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Resource Teachers, Science Teachers, Elementary School Science