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May 22, 2014

Oklahoma Ends Retention Policy for 3rd Graders Who Fail Reading Test

In Oklahoma, thousands of students will now be able to move from 3rd to 4th grade despite having failed a state standardized reading test.

January 15, 2014

Getting Your Preschooler Ready for Common Core? Try This!

A quick search on Amazon yields more than 100 preschool resources for the common core.

November 13, 2013

New 'What Works' Guide Focuses on Teaching Math to Young Children

A new guide from the federally-funded What Works Clearinghouse offers guidance on best practices in teaching math to children ages 3 to 6.

September 28, 2012

Should the Common Standards 'Change Everything'?

A common-standards advocate argues that many aspects of American education will have to change if schooling is to fully reflect the new expectations.

September 12, 2011

Study: "SpongeBob" Dampens Children's Brain Function

Preschoolers experience a drop in their executive brain function immediately after watching "SpongeBob SquarePants," a new study finds.

July 11, 2011

Aligning Early Childhood Learning with Elementary Education

A new report calls for policies that would help align early childhood learning with elementary school, even as some experts worry that federal policy will push inappropriate testing into preschool.

July 05, 2011

Testing Coming to a Pre-K Near You?

The new Race to the Top challenge presses states to come up with ways to gauge the quality of their early-childhood programs, and develop standards and assessments to check the youngest students' progress.

June 29, 2011

States and Cities Take Early Steps Toward 3rd Grade Reading

A new crop of state laws and local initiatives seeks to build a strong early-childhood basis to lead to 3rd grade reading proficiency.

June 10, 2010

New Steps Needed to Improve Literacy in Mass., Report Says

A new report says Massachusetts needs to refocus its strategies for improving student literacy.

March 11, 2010

Interesting Reactions to Common-Core Standards

If you don't live or work here in Washington, it could be hard to wrap your head around the intense inside-the-Beltway mentality that shapes dialogue around here. But since our office is inside that Beltway, for better or worse, it came as no surprise that I was inundated with official statements ye...

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