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Profiles of Educational Quality in First Grade
To provide information to policymakers and school personnel about the different educational opportunities to which young students have access. To help educators identify classrooms most in need of support as part of an overall effort to address quality and equity in educational experiences.
Issue/Topic: P-3 Kindergarten; P-3 Ensuring Quality
Author(s): Pianta, Robert; Stuhlman, Megan
Organization(s): University of Virginia
Publication: The Elementary School Journal
Published On: 2009
Findings/Results: The study identified multiple distinct types of first-grade classrooms:

1. High quality - 23% of classrooms

  • Above the average on all positive indicators including sensitive/positive classroom climate (i.e., responsive an...
Children's Classroom Engagement and School Readiness Gains i...
To describe patterns of children's engagement in prekindergarten classrooms and explore whether some patterns of engagement bring about greater gains for children than others and whether some are particularly beneficial for poor children.
Issue/Topic: P-3 Preschool; P-3 Grades 1-3; P-3 Ensuring Quality
Author(s): Pianta, Robert; Burchinal, Margaret; Bryant, Donna; Barbarin, Oscar; Clifford, Richard; Early, Diane; Howes, Carollee; Chien, Nina; Ritchie, Sharon
Organization(s): University of California, Irvine; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Virginia; University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Publication: Child Development
Published On: 2010

The findings reveal substantial variation in children's classroom engagement (i.e., the number of minutes children spend on each activity during a typical program day) and four profiles of children with distinct patterns of classroom eng...

Technical Adequacy and Cost Benefit of Four Measures of Earl...
To evaluate the technical adequacy and information/cost return of computerized adaptive test assessments and several established assessments used in early reading programs.
Issue/Topic: Assessment--Computer Based; P-3; Reading/Literacy
Author(s): Ysseldyke, Jim; Milone, Michael; Stickney, Eric; McBride, James
Organization(s): University of Minnesota; Renaissance Learning, Inc.; Academic Therapy Publications
Publication: Canadian Journal of School Psychology
Published On: 2010

In terms of the amount of information per unit of test administration time or teachers' time, computerized adaptive tests in general, and STAR Early Literacy in particular (a computerized adaptive test of early literacy skills), are attr...

Reexamining Quality in Early Childhood Education: Exploring ...
To examine the relationships between classroom process quality and the organizational climate, overall and relational, in preschool centers serving low-income children. Also, to examine whether the relationship between the organizational climate and classroom quality is different for teachers with different levels of education and different levels of experience.
Issue/Topic: P-3 Preschool; P-3 Teaching Quality/Professional Development
Publication: Journal of Research in Childhood Education
Published On: 12/19/2012
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