Category Archives: Child care/children/early childhood development

A cautionary pre-K tale

Those who sing the praises of prekindergarten education might want to peruse Yale lecturer Erika Christakis’ article in the latest issue of The Atlantic. Until recently, school-readiness skills weren’t high on anyone’s agenda, nor was the idea that the youngest learners might be disqualified from moving on to a subsequent stage. But now that kindergartenContinue Reading

Commission urges departure from Common Core

The North Carolina Academic Standards Review Commission published their draft Report of Findings and Recommendations (PDF).  The commission will vote on the report later today and deliver it to the NC State Board of Education for their consideration. English Language Arts The commission recommends that the state revise the current Common Core English Language ArtsContinue Reading

Paying for robots to read to preschoolers

Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon documents another questionable use of federal tax dollars. The National Science Foundation is spending nearly a half a million dollars to create robots that can tell stories to preschoolers. The $440,885 project seeks to “push the envelope” of normal storytelling aimed at four-year-olds. The Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyContinue Reading

TN study: Pre-K benefits fade by third-grade

Researchers at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Research Institute found that gains from participation in the Tennessee Voluntary Prekindergarten (TN-VPK) program did not last. In A Randomized Control Trial of a Statewide Voluntary Prekindergarten Program on Children’s Skills and Behaviors through Third Grade, researchers examined academic and behavioral measures for 1,076 low-income children.  Of that total, 773Continue Reading

CMS to create video to address transgender issues

According to the October 2015 contracts report, the State Board of Education awarded $10,000 in federal funds to the Charlotte-Meckleburg Schools (CMS) to “complete a video and curriculum guide for addressing transgender issues in schools.” Some will question the creation of the video and curriculum guide for this purpose, but I have a different concern. Continue Reading

Child poverty rate drops in NC

Annie E. Casey Foundation reports that, while the child poverty rate remained flat nationwide, 2014 American Community Survey data indicate that the rate dropped in North Carolina.  The Casey Foundation notes, At the state level, child poverty rates improved in 24 states as well as the District of Columbia.  Seventeen states saw no change, and theContinue Reading

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New Assessments for Kindergarteners – Bigger Concern Is Data Collection

North Carolina kindergartners arriving at school this fall will be given the new Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA). In fact, this assessment has to be completed the first 60 days of school. This assessment is not paper and pencil, but a process used by teachers anytime during the day to gather “Evidence” on how the childContinue Reading