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Hill, Kirsten Dara – Improving Schools, 2018
This community-based participatory research study examined the perspectives of parent participants in an organized parent network in Detroit seeking the best school options for their children entering Kindergarten within city boundaries. Their residency and school choices have emerged against the grain of public schools that have racially charged…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Urban Schools, Parent Attitudes, School Choice
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Wilhelmsen, Gunvor B – Improving Schools, 2016
Although good visual capacity is essential for children's learning, we have limited understanding of the various visual functions among school starters. In order to extend this knowledge, a small-scale study was undertaken involving 24 preschool children age 5-6 years who completed a test battery originally designed for visual impairment…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Visual Impairments, Visual Acuity, Gender Differences
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Wrigley, Terry; Wormwell, Louise – Improving Schools, 2016
This article examines a government attempt to impose testing of 4-year-olds as a baseline against which to "hold primary schools accountable" for children's subsequent progress. It examines the various forms of baseline testing in this experiment and analyses the misleading claims made for the "predictive validity" of baseline…
Descriptors: Accountability, Preschool Children, Student Evaluation, Predictive Validity