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PreK-Grade 3: What features define high-quality learning environments?

Reexamining Quality in Early Childhood Education: Exploring the Relationship Between the Organizational Climate and the Classroom
Purpose: To examine the relationships between classroom process quality and the organizational climate, overall and relational, in preschool centers serving low-income children. Also, to examine whether the relationship between the organizational climate and classroom quality is different for teachers with different levels of education and different levels of experience.
Issue/Topic: P-3 Preschool P-3 Teaching Quality/Professional Develpment
Author(s): Dennis, Sarah E.; O’Connor, Eric
Organization(s): Erickson Institute, Chicago, Illinois; New York University, New York, New York
Publication: Journal of Research in Childhood Education
Published on: 12/19/2012
Findings/Results: A significant association between overall organizational climate and classroom quality was found.
  • Classrooms located in centers rated as more positive in terms of overall organizational climate (e.g. collegiality, professional growth, supervisor s...

Children's Classroom Engagement and School Readiness Gains in Prekindergarten
Purpose: To describe patterns of children's engagement in prekindergarten classrooms and explore whether some patterns of engagement bring about greater gains for children than others and whether some are particularly beneficial for poor children.
Issue/Topic: P-3 Ensuring Quality; P-3 Grades 1-3; P-3 Preschool
Author(s): Barbarin, Oscar; Bryant, Donna; Burchinal, Margaret; Chien, Nina; Clifford, Richard; Early, Diane; Howes, Carollee; Pianta, Robert; Ritchie, Sharon
Organization(s): University of California, Irvine; University of California, Los Angeles; University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill; University of Virginia
Publication: Child Development
Published on: 1/1/2010

The findings reveal substantial variation in children's classroom engagement (i.e., the number of minutes children spend on each activity during a typical program day) and four profiles of children with distinct patterns of classroom engagement: 1)...

Technical Adequacy and Cost Benefit of Four Measures of Early Literacy
Purpose: To evaluate the technical adequacy and information/cost return of computerized adaptive test assessments and several established assessments used in early reading programs.
Issue/Topic: Assessment; P-3; Reading/Literacy
Author(s): McBride, James; Milone, Michael; Stickney, Eric; Ysseldyke, Jim
Organization(s): Academic Therapy Publications; Renaissance Learning, Inc.; University of Minnesota
Publication: Canadian Journal of School Psychology
Published on: 1/1/2010

In terms of the amount of information per unit of test administration time or teachers' time, computerized adaptive tests in general, and STAR Early Literacy in particular (a computerized adaptive test of early literacy skills), are attractive opti...

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