What We've Learned So Far About Expanding Pre-K

Earlier this year, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced plans to provide high-quality pre-kindergarten to every four-year-old child in the city.

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Categories: Education

Do Vouchers Lead to Greater Learning? Depends Where (and When) You Look

At the center of the current education policy debate is the use of school vouchers to directly pay for children to attend whichever school they want. But what is the evidence on their effectiveness?

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Common Core Revisions: What Are States Really Changing?

Betsy DeVos' nomination for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education has reenergized some time-tested education policy debates, including the Common Core State Standards. One of the most persistent questions is about revisions to the standard.

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Inclusion Matters for All Students

More than half of students who are classified as having an intellectual disability are educated in classrooms segregated from their non-disabled peers. It doesn't have to be this way.

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When it Comes to Publicly Funded Preschool, Are We Asking the Wrong Questions and Getting the Wrong Answers?

As enrollment in publicly funded preschool grows, many policymakers are asking, "Does publicly funded preschool work?" Unfortunately, determining whether publicly funded preschool "works" is harder than it sounds.

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How Zika Presents a Teachable Moment for Caring for Children with Disabilities

The Zika virus epidemic, first observed in Brazil in Spring of 2015, has spread to 43 countries and territories in the Americas. Although Zika has relatively mild clinical symptoms in adults and children, the disease has been linked to neurological disorders such as Guillain-Barre syndrome. Zika also has been connected to thousands of cases of microcephaly in infants throughout the Americas.

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The Long Reach of Inclusive Education

Across the globe, many students with disabilities face challenges in accessing high-quality education. Longstanding misconceptions exist regarding the capabilities of children with intellectual, physical, sensory, and learning disabilities to benefit from formal education. These misunderstandings have, for generations, driven educators to deny these students access to formal schooling.

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The Special Education Graduation Gap

More than four out of five students in 2014 graduated high school on-time, the highest U.S. rate on record. Now we need to focus on improving graduation rates for students with disabilities.

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Social Entrepreneurs Offer New Thinking on Old Challenges in Early Childhood

For more than half a century, advocates of early childhood development have worked tirelessly to inform parents and policymakers about the importance of children's early years. This work appears to have paid off: enrollment in publicly-funded pre-k programming has nearly doubled since 2002, and a recently released poll indicates that nearly 9 in 10 likely voters in the United States agree that “the years from birth to 5 are extremely or very important to the learning and development of a child.” Early childhood development and education issues are now a key component of the United Nation’s international development agenda, with advocates citing young children as the “common basis for all dimensions of sustainable development.”

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Abt Associates Supports the Achievement of the Global Goals

Working with Abt means engaging every day with those who are dedicated to improving the well-being of people worldwide in an array of areas including health, climate change, food security and education. And, being part of Abt's activities leading up to and including the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals last month added a new level of inspiration for me to continue the type of work we do.

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