One of my students pleasantly surprised me. He had been playing around and not really taking his classwork and homework seriously. Well, color me surprised when I discovered that he was actually working when he said he was. He has been working on a program, Achieve 3000, that helps increase lexile levels. I found out when he was recognized at one of our monthly assemblies for having one of the highest growth in his lexile level to the tune of 95 points. Not only that. In my class, I let my students play Kahoot! At first he was at the bottom, now he’s one of the top scorers. I am very pleasantly surprised.
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Under their Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grants, States are revising existing or implementing new kindergarten entry assessment (KEA) tools. This document provides an overview of the assessment instruments currently in use or being developed by the 20 States that have been awarded RTT-ELC grants. It details which States are collaborating on KEA development, and it provides information on the time frames for developing and conducting the assessments. The information in this document is based on a review of State websites, RTT-ELC Annu (Read more...)
The U.S. Department of Education recently released applications for the Preschool Development Grants competition. There are two types of grants. Development Grants that will will support states with either small or no state preschool programs to implement and sustain high-quality preschool programs in one or more high-need communities. Expansion Grants are for states with more robust state preschool programs or that have received a Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant. These states must implement and sustain high-quality preschool programs in two or more high-need communities. It’s the communities that will really drive the implementation of these programs, with (Read more...)
A new Gallup poll shows that 7 in 10 Americans say they favor using federal money to make sure high-quality preschool programs are available for every child in the country. President Barack Obama has asked Congress to fund universal access to high-quality preschool programs for all 4-year-olds in his FY 2015 budget request. Many governors and mayors are also calling for an expansion of early education. Research shows the short- and long-term benefits of attending high-quality preschool which may be one reason for Americans' widespread support for the proposal. Read more here.
DEC in collaboration with CEC announces its campaign for support of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act and increased funding for Early Childhood IDEA programs today.
Increasing access to and opportunities for high-quality early learning is one of the best investments our country can make and has broad bipartisan support:
- 71% agree that now is the time to make an increased investment in our nation’s young children and their families (First Five Years Fund poll, 2014).
- 85% believe that ensuring children get a strong start is important, second only to increasing job and economic growth (First Five Years Fund poll, 2014).
- It has been estimated that the return on investmen (Read more...)