Article Title:Study finds preschool gains can quickly fade
Look up the definition of
the definition and create a new sentence, using your own words.
“Others call it “convergence,”
suggesting that elementary-school teachers may be good at catching up kids who
didn’t attend preschool — or they might be boring the kids who did, stifling
researchers studying preschool have struggled to explain a common finding.What is it?
the phenomenon “fade-out.”What do
they mean by that?
it “convergence.”What are they
4.It’s not a
universal finding, a 2014 study of Washington State’s preschool program for
low-income children found that gains persisted through what grade?
study from Vanderbilt University, which is following a random sample of
low-income students in Tennessee who attended that state’s preschool program,
has found the same flattening out of test scores, with a troubling twist. What
did the researchers find that showed up on all the measures?
can’t say what caused the downturn, but Farran said that surveys of teachers
involved in the study suggested one possible answer.What was it?
emphasizing quality over quantity, ramping up slowly to serve 2,000 children in
100 classrooms by __________.
Discussion Questions and Essay Prompts:
·Did you attend pre-school?Do
you think it helped you during the early elementary years?Why or why not?
·When you have children, do you think you’ll send them to pre-school?Why or why not?
·What are the factors that have helped your personal achievement in
But the latest results from a major study, released earlier this week,
underscored the notion that preschool gains can fade out fast — and offers some
cautions about moving ahead too quickly without nailing down quality first.
But no other study has found a decline in test scores for kids who attend
preschool, said Steven Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early
He argued that the findings reflect a flaw in the study, comparing groups
of kids who have important differences. The authors strongly disagree.
·What do you think the flaw in the study is?
·Why would the authors disagree?
·Do you think it’s important to focus on quality and not quantity early on
in new pre-school programs?Why or
·Why do you think this particular group had a decline in test scores
across the board, in all areas?
Is pre-school necessary for early elementary success?Why or why not?What other
factors contribute to the success of young children?
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across the world.
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world politics or foreign policy.
the main points of view from someone living in that particular country?How is that “view” similar and different than your own opinion, regarding
the specific issue the article is discussing?
·Why is it important to study and learn
about foreign policy?How does it
help you understand the world we live in, using current issues and events?
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