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Elementary Education

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.


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)


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

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)


The Role of Aerobic Fitness in Cortical Thickness and Mathematics Achievement in Preadolescent Children

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
Funder Collaborative

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)