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Findings from University of Virginia Broaden Understanding of Education Finance and Policy

May 21, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Education Letter -- Fresh data on Education Finance and Policy are presented in a new report. According to news reporting from Charlottesville, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "In the majority of states using Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) to improve children's school readiness, the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R) is a core assessment of preschool program quality and is central to QRIS metrics and incentive structures. The present study utilizes nationally representative data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort to examine relations between the ECERS-R and children's academic, language, and socioemotional functioning at age five years."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Virginia, "After using a rich set of controls, we found little evidence that the ECERS-R related to children's development. Further, higher levels of quality failed to improve growth in academic, language, or socioemotional skills and behaviors for children with more exposure to sociodemographic risk."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Implications of these findings are discussed with regard to recent policy initiatives and strengthening the measurement of quality in early childhood education settings."

For more information on this research see: Do Standard Measures Of Preschool Quality Used In Statewide Policy Predict School Readiness? Education Finance and Policy, 2014;9(2):116-164. Education Finance and Policy can be contacted at: Mit Press, 55 Hayward Street, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA.

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting T.J. Sabol, University of Virginia, Curry Sch Educ, Charlottesville, VA 22904, United States.

Keywords for this news article include: Virginia, United States, Charlottesville, North and Central America, Education Finance and Policy

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Source: Education Letter