An Ocean of Unknowns: Risks and Opportunities in Using Student Achievement Data to Evaluate PreK-3rd Grade Teachers
As of 2012, 20 states and DC require evidence of student learning to play a role in evaluating teacher performance...
PreK-3rd: Getting Literacy Instruction Right, the ninth in the FCD series of Policy to Action Briefs outlines the elements of strong PreK-3rd literacy instruction including: what high-quality instruction looks like,what supports enable teachers to carry out strong literacy instruction, and what policies enable schools to carry out strong PreK-3rd reading instruct...
A new report from the Migration Policy Institute by Hirokazu Yoshikawa and Jenya Kholoptseva considers how parental unauthorized status affects child development. According to recent estimates, 5.5 million children in the United States — all but 1 million of them US-born — reside with at least one unauthorized immigrant parent. Given that they constitute about 8 percent of all US children, their well-being holds important implications for US society. ...
PreK-3rd’s Lasting Architecture: Successfully Serving Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students in Union City, New Jersey
Union City Public Schools has overcome the crippling effects of poverty and prejudice to close the achievement gap between its low-income Hispanic students and their wealthier peers across New Jersey. In a district with nearly 11,000 students-96 percent Hispanic and 85 percent low-income-language arts and math proficiency nearly matched or outperformed statewide averages in 2011. Compared to Hispanic and low-income students in New Jersey, Union City children had double-digit leads in academic proficiency...
The Promise of PreK-3rd: Promoting Academic Excellence for Dual Language Learners in Red Bank Public Schools
FCD’s latest case study, The Promise of PreK-3rd: Promoting Academic Excellence for Dual Language Learners in Red Bank Public Schools, tells the story of Red Bank, New Jersey’s coherent PreK-3rd approach to educating Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and preparing them for expanded life opportunities...
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