Category Archives: Child care/children/early childhood development

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






Parents’ Permission Important to New Hanover School Board

Last month, I wrote about the kindergarten health assessment form, and then a few days later wrote about how the data from the form was being used in New Hanover County. County Health Officials took information from the form, and compiled a report of where all the “fat” children go to school. The report stated 27%Continue Reading






Feds: We collect data on toddlers’ social and emotional development!

The National Center for Education Statistics recently launched a blog to discuss their work and findings. Yesterday, a post by Jill Carlivati McCarroll and Gail Mulligan titled, “Does the Department of Education collect information on young children’s social and emotional development?” appeared. Here is the first half of the answer posed in the title: Yes,Continue Reading






Invasive Health Assessment Takes “NEXT STEP”

Earlier this month, I wrote on the invasive health assessment form used for 5 year old kindergarten students. Last week the New Hanover School Board got a presentation from the County Manager’s Office, showing HOW this information can be used. Remember, these forms are NOT “voluntary,” but required for enrollment. Seems the county complied theContinue Reading






Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Today is Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day.  If you receive a strange call or email from me today, this is why:






“Parental Consent” on Invasive School Health Assessment Form OPTIONAL – Who Knew?

Last week, my daughter enrolled her daughter in a traditional NC public school system’s kindergarten. We both were a little taken back at the invasive Health Assessment Form required. When I was on the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board back in the late 1990’s, a parent was required to submit a birth certificate, proof of residence,Continue Reading






$12 billion education program is glorified day care

Mark Dynarski of the Brookings Institution recently evaluated the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), a program that provides federal funds for before- and after-school programs for at-risk children.  Dynarski argues that the program is glorified day care, To date, more than $12 billion of federal tax money has been spent on a program thatContinue Reading






Last Day for Input on Sen. Alexander’s Draft of ESEA

Today is the last day for public input on Sen. Alexander’s draft bill that reauthorizes the Elementary Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind).  Chairman Alexander and his staff have asked for input from the public on his discussion draft by Monday, February 2 via the e-mail address:  FixingNCLB@help.senate.gov.  Comments will be shared with allContinue Reading