Research

What is a PreK-3rd Approach?

 

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There are five components that are core to a PreK-3rd approach to education. Implementation will vary across sites, but the core components below constitute the operating principles of any PreK-3rd approach.

 

 

Alignment

 

  •  Standards, curricula, and assessments are connected across grades from PreK through Third Grade.
  •  Standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment focus on both social competence and self-discipline as well as academic skills.

 

 

School Organization

 

  • Voluntary full-school-day Pre-Kindergarten is provided for all three- and four-year old children.
  • Full-school-day Kindergarten that builds on PreK experiences is required for all children.
  • School districts provide principals and teachers with on-going professional development and planning time to ensure alignment.
  • Principals foster teamwork among PreK-3rd teachers that strengthens alignment.
  • Principals connect elementary schools with families and all early childhood programs in their communities.

 

 

Qualified Teachers

 

  • All teachers have at least a Bachelor's Degree with relevant specialized training.
  • Preparation and certification enable teachers to teach at any grade level from PreK to Third Grade.
  • Teachers are capable of assessing students' achievement and assisting each student to make progress based on regular assessments that inform instruction.

 

 

Classrooms as Learning Environments

 

  • Instruction balances child-centered approaches with teacher-directed approaches.
  • Classes are staffed by a well-qualified teacher and assistant teacher.
  • Student-teacher ratios allow each child to receive individual attention and foster strong relationships with adults in the school.

 

 

Accountability to Parents and Communities

 

  • Teachers and families work to set educational goals for children.
  • Schools are responsible for reporting students' progress to families, communities, the school district, and the state.

 

 

 

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