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These learning buddies at Sawyer Road Elementary School in Marietta in 2010 seem to feel the joy of the elementary experience. These students should now be in high school!

Here you will find reports/research/articles about the elementary years. Posting here does not imply Georgia Partnership endorsement.  Please report broken links here.

2017

50 State Review - Full-Day Kindergarten: A Look Across the States
Education Commission of the States

Research indicates that a full-day, high-quality kindergarten experience is a crucial component in setting students up for ongoing academic success, yet vast differences exist in the quality of kindergarten programs and how they are funded across the states. Related story. (Released September 2016, posted August 23, 2017) 

How Do Students' 3rd Grade Reading Levels Relate to Their ACT/SAT Performance and Chance of Graduating from High School?
Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA)

The study finds that students who earned higher scores on the 3rd grade reading CRCT had higher high school graduation rates, were more likely to take the ACT or SAT, and had higher average ACT and SAT scores compared to students in the other performance levels. Introduction. (March 22)

2016

K-3 Policymakers' Guide to Action: Making the Early Years Count
Education Commission of the States

The preschool through third-grade years are foundational in a child’s journey towards lifelong learning. Developmentally, these early elementary years are when children best acquire the academic and non-academic skills on which long-lasting educational success depends. Introduction. (December 2) 

The Wisdom of Mandatory Grade Retention
Brookings

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)

Science Achievement Gaps Begin Very Early, Persist, and Are Largely Explained by Modifiable Factors
Education Researcher

Science achievement gaps present between racial, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the eighth grade already exist when those children are in kindergarten. Related story. Press Release (March 8)