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Olson Lynn, LePage Brooke, March, 2021
Reports & Papers
This report explores the early learning measurement landscape, why it is failing students, teachers, parents, and taxpayers, and what can be done to improve early learning assessment after the pandemic subsides. It highlights promising innovations…
Castro Dina Carmela, Hammer Carol Scheffner, Franco Ximena, Cycyk Lauren M., Scarpino Shelly E., Burchinal Margaret, November 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

The diversity of experiences among bilingual children is reflected in the variability of abilities in each of their languages. This paper describes the CECER-DLL Child and Family, and Teacher Questionnaires and discusses the utility of these…

Levine Dani, Pace Amy, Luo Rufan, Hirsh-Pasek Kathy, Golinkoff Roberta M., De Villiers Jill G., Iglesias Aquiles, Wilson Mary Sweig, Q1 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Early language competence is a reliable and powerful predictor of children's success in school, and word gaps linked to socioeconomic status disparities have cascading effects on academic outcomes. While early research – such as the work of Hart and…
Hammer Carol Scheffner, Cycyk Lauren M., Scarpino Shelly E., Jury Karen A., Sawyer Brook E., 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

As the number of dual language learners (DLLs) increases globally, it is critical that well-developed questionnaires are available to researchers and educators that capture the characteristics and language experiences of preschool DLLs and their…

Early Diane Marie, Sideris John, Neitzel Jennifer C., LaForett Dore R., Nehler Chelsea G., Q3 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale - Third Edition (ECERS-3) is the latest version of one of the most widely used observational tools for assessing the quality of classrooms serving preschool-aged children. This study was the first…

Ackerman Debra J., 2018
Reports & Papers
In this report I share the results of a document-based, comparative case study aimed at increasing our understanding about the potential utility of state kindergarten entry assessments (KEAs) to provide evidence of English learner (EL)…
Ackerman Debra J., 2018
Reports & Papers
Kindergarten entry assessments (KEAs) have increasingly been incorporated into state education policies over the past 5 years, with much of this interest stemming from Race to the Top--Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) awards, Enhanced Assessment…
Stuart Elizabeth A., Rhodes Anna, August, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: Given increasing concerns about the relevance of research to policy and practice, there is growing interest in assessing and enhancing the external validity of randomized trials: determining how useful a given randomized trial is for…
American Institutes for Research, University of Pennsylvania, 30 June, 2017
Reports & Papers
The focus of Phase 1 was to examine the construct validity of the PA KEI. Evidence of construct validity refers to scientific evidence that the items within an assessment operate in a manner that is aligned with the domains that the PA KEI purports…
Cress Cynthia J., Lambert Matthew C., Epstein Michael H., August, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Strength-based assessment of behaviors in preschool children provides evidence of emotional and behavioral skills in children, rather than focusing primarily on weaknesses identified by deficit-based assessments. The Preschool Behavioral and…
Wood Brenna K., Hojnoski Robin L., Laracy Seth D., Olson Christopher L., February, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Although, collectively, results of earlier direct observation studies suggest momentary time sampling (MTS) may offer certain technical advantages over whole-interval (WIR) and partial-interval (PIR) recording, no study has compared these methods…
Alvarez Kristine, Epps Alex, Montoya Sonia, July, 2015
Reports & Papers
In 2013, NFF embarked on a multi-pronged study of 147 ECE providers to assess the financial challenges of operating high-quality ECE programs. In this report, NFF highlights the key financial, business, and systemic barriers to delivering high-…
Pennsylvania. Department of Education, March, 2015
Reports & Papers
In 2014, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) began a phased deployment of the KEI. Cohort 1 implemented the KEI…
Public Citizens for Children and Youth, January, 2015
Reports & Papers
In collaboration with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) examined the Pennsylvania Entry Inventory and…
Reid Erin E., DiPerna James C., Missall Kristen N., Volpe Robert J., July, 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Currently, there are few strengths-based preschool rating scales that sample a wide array of behaviors believed to be essential for early academic success. The purpose of this study was to assess the factor structure of a new measure of early…