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Mandatory grade retention is clearly popular, at least among many state legislators. This is understandable given the importance of early reading skills for future outcomes and the shockingly low levels of basic reading proficiency in many communities. (October 5)
50-State Comparison: K-3 Quality
Education Commission of the States
Education Commission of the States has researched K-3 Quality policies in all states to provide this comprehensive resource. Companion report. (July 19)
Is Kindergarten the New First Grade?
University of Virginia
Recent accounts suggest that accountability pressures have trickled down into the early elementary grades and that kindergarten today is characterized by a heightened focus on academic skills and a reduction in opportunities for play. Abstract. Study snapshot. Related article. (June 21)
Growing evidence suggests that aerobic fitness benefits the brain and cognition during childhood. The present study is the first to explore cortical brain structure of higher fit and lower fit 9- and 10-year-old children, and how aerobic fitness and cortical thickness relate to academic achievement. Abstract. Related story. (September 2015)
Get Georgia Reading
Family Connection Partnership
By 2020, all children in Georgia will be on a path to reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade. (July 2015)
The Campaign for Grade Level Reading - 3rd Grade Reading Success Matters
This is a collaborative effort by dozens of funders around the nation to close the gap in reading achievement that separate many low income students from their peers. Relating story. (March 2012)