Outcomes in the News!
- A new report from the Center for American Progress list 10 federal reforms recommended by a panel of experts to significantly advance the early childhood education system, improve child outcomes, and ensure system accountability and also provide for operational consistency and greater efficiency. Included among the recommendations are:
- Partner with states to align early learning standards that define expectations for all early learning programs
- Invest with states to build assessments and assessment systems that demonstrate standards are being met
- Improve early childhood data and harmonize reporting requirements to help increase knowledge of inputs and outcomes
Early Ed Watch also summarized and commented on the report.
- The Foundation for Child Development has written a brief on their recommendations for the federal role to help states who are developing longitudinal data systems to track student progress from preschool through the end of high school. One key recommendation is to establish a national advisory group who could establish guidelines for state-level data systems. To read the report, visit http://fcd-us.org/sites/default/files/Next%20Steps%20for%20State%20Longitudinal%20Data%20Systems_0.pdf. More information on linking pre-K through high school outcomes data through longitudinal data systems can also be found in the ECO Outcomes Framework and Self Assessment, section 18 of the assessment tool found at http://projects.fpg.unc.edu/~eco/assets/docs/selfassessment.doc.
- Helping At-Risk Children Succeed in School: There's No Such Thing as Too Early discusses the benefits of early intervention in helping children achieve their full potential.