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EARLY LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Right from the Start: Transition Strategies for Developing a Strong PreK-3 Continuum

Many studies over the years have documented the need for smoother transitions from prekindergarten to the elementary level. This report reinforces that conclusion—and does it in a manner that puts frontline voices at the heart of the dialogue.

Preservice Teachers’ Emotion-Related Regulation and Cognition: Associations With Teachers’ Responses to Children's Emotions in Early Childhood Classrooms

This University of Illinois study found some teachers may not always be well-equipped to respond effectively to students' emotional outbursts. It suggests those teachers may need additional training or professional development in "emotion-related regulation and cognition."

EDUCATION FUNDING
Moving On Up: How Tuition Tax Breaks
Increasingly Favor the Upper-Middle Class

The government spent $70 billion on tax breaks aimed at subsidizing higher education for families in the past decade, and about 13 percent of that went to families making more than $100,000 a year. This report calls for the end of education tax credits to save Pell Grants.

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EDUCATION REFORM
Florida Voters Oppose School Reforms By Big Margins, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds

When it comes to Florida education reforms, voters hate everything. From higher tuition for arts degrees to race-based standards, a new poll suggests Florida voters are adamantly opposed to a series of education reforms floated by Governor Scott and state education policymakers, with the largest opposition, 71 - 7 percent, against a plan to set different achievement goals for students of different races, according to a December 2012 Quinnipiac University poll. 

ELECTRONIC GRADING
Contrasting Essay Scoring

Can A Computer Grade Essays As Well As A Human? Research suggests Yes. The study, conducted at the University of Akron, ran more than 16,000 essays from both middle school and high school tests through automated systems developed by nine companies. The essays, from six different states, had originally been graded by humans.

ELL
Preparing All Teachers to Meet the Needs of English Language Learners

This study from the Center for American Progress suggests that general-education teachers should be trained in oral language development, students' culture and in helping English-learners develop an academic vocabulary. Currently, some states -- Arizona, California, Florida, Pennsylvania and New York -- require ELL training as part of teacher certification.

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EVALUATION

 

Research based Options for Education Policymaking - Teacher Evaluations

Student test scores are not a good measure for teacher evaluations according to National Education Policy Center research. The study emphasizes the benefits of systems that rely less on test scores and more on peer review and other measures.

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