Students across the country can expect to be writing a lot more under Common Core State Standards, which may turn out to be a formidable challenge here in the South. In part three of the Southern Education Desk series on Common Core, reporter Annie Gilbertson reports new writing standards are an especially tall order for Mississippi.
Articles written by: Annie Gilbertson
Early childhood education is the teaching of children from birth up to age 8. Head Start, childcare, public and private preschools as well as traditional K-2 classrooms are all examples of early childhood education providers. Access and quality of early childhood education varies from institution to institution and from state to state.
At first glance, research on preschool may appear conflicting. A Vanderbilt University shows preschool students are 80-percent better prepared for school than their peers – especially in literacy and math. But a recent study of Head Start finds by third grade, their lead has all but disappeared completely. How should this data be interpreted?
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Mississippi is the only state in the South that does not fund preschool. That may change this spring if the legislature passes one of two bills to subsidize select programs. But Mississippi is likely to remain an outlier among southern states – as the legislation won’t give limited preschool seats to needy children first.
Louisiana Governor Jindal’s charter school expansion initiative falls flat; Tennessee’s Education Commissioner calls public schools wasteful bureaucracies; and more education news from around the South.
Sequestration’s effect on southern schools; Mississippi’s dismal college completion rate; and more of the day’s education headlines from around the South.